OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Presents Indigenous voices in the critical analyses of past and current colonial education practices in Australia, in terms of their relationship to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous education models and practices. Focuses include the history of colonial education in Australia, the impact of colonisation on Indigenous teaching and learning, governmental response to Indigenous educational needs and best practice policy making. Students will develop critical analysis and advocacy skills enabling them to engage the discourse around education delivery and practice within Australia and beyond.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction and History
Topic 2: Indigenous History in Western Education
Topic 3: Educational Policy and Philosophy
Topic 4: Current Policy
Topic 5: Socio-Political Issues
Topic 6: Current Issues including Literacy and Numeracy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Q Beresford, G Partington, G Gower, 2012, Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education, 2nd edn, UWA Publishing, Crawley WA. ISBN: 987-1-74258-389-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Annotated bibliography30%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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