TEAC 2011 Contemporary Issues in Aboriginal Education

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102121

Coordinator Terrence Wright Opens in new window

Description The unit is only offered to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education program. This unit is designed to meet the needs of teachers entering the profession who require in depth knowledge of the field which frames Australia's Aboriginal identity. It investigates both Aboriginal historical perspectives and interactions with educational institutions and the policies which frame the delivery of Aboriginal content and resources to all students. The unit provides a contextualised framework on which many Key learning area's perspectives and background knowledge delivery is based. The unit specifically relates to working successfully with Aboriginal children, families and communities in educational and social settings. It will examine relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal societies, social indicators and also critique the impacts of current policy changes in areas such as self-determination, representation, mutual obligation and perspectives for positive, respectful educational outcomes for future generations of students.

School Education

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects EDUC 1006 - Issues in Aboriginal Education


Students must be enrolled in 1717 - Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the origins, history and contemporary issues and initiatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  2. Show respect for present and past Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
  3. Describe Australia's history of �esettlement�f, colonisation, invasion and the development of sustainable futures for Aboriginal peoples.
  4. Explain the importance of teaching Aboriginal Studies and cross curriculum perspectives in the context of Australia as a contributing nation to developing a global society.
  5. Create appropriate Aboriginal Studies teaching and learning activities for HSIE and other curriculum areas in classrooms.
  6. Evaluate appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies teaching resources and the importance of consultation with Indigenous communities.

Subject Content

1. Social systems and kinship; significance of country, language, cultural continuum
2. What are the historical understandings required in order to deliver strong Aboriginal perspectives in HSIE classrooms (Topics Pre-invasion?f ? kinship and social systems, significance of lan


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay 1,500 words 40 N Individual
Professional Task 1,500 words 60 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Harrison, N. and Sellwood,J. (2021) Learning and Teaching in
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (fourth edition)
    Oxford University Press

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



Subject Contact Terrence Wright Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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