Details for Australian Aboriginal Studies

This subject introduces you to aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, focusing on the ongoing nature of colonisation. Integrating various viewpoints (historical, sociological, ethical, theological), we consider ideas around country, Indigenous knowledge, languages, cultures, resistance, governance and social justice and the implications these have for contemporary practice.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSE504
  • Credit points: 10


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Australian Aboriginal Studies

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Assessment Methods

Media Critique - 25%

Major Essay - 50%

Case Response - 25%

Prescribed Text

Broome, R. 2010. Aboriginal Australians. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Flood, J. 2006. The Original Australians. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Representative References

Harris, J. 1990. One Blood. Sutherland: Albatross.

Carroll, P., & Etherington, S. (Eds.). 2008.One Land one Saviour.Sydney: Church Missionary Society Australia.

Gunstone, A. 2008. History, politics and knowledge: Essays in Australian Indigenous studies. Kew VIC: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Muecke, S. 2004. Ancient & modern: Time Culture & Indigenous Philosophy. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.

Jones, P. 2007. Ochre and Rust. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

Kenny, R. 2010. The Lamb Enters the Dreaming. Melbourne: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd.

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. 2009. Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Foundations of cultural competence. Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia.

Van Toorn, P. 2006. Writing Never Arrives Naked: Early Aboriginal Cultures of Writing in Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Prentis, M. 2009. A study in Black & White; The Aborigines in Australian History (3rd ed.). Sydney: Rosenberg.

Schmidt, D. June 2012. Literacy Learning Partnerships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: An Action Learning Project. Literacy learning, 20, 2: 17-21.

Stanner, W. E. H. 2010.The dreaming and other essays. Melbourne: Black Inc. Agenda.

Tonkinson, R. 2015. The Wentworth lectures: Honouring fifty years of Australian Indigenous Studies. Aboriginal Studies Press.