Details for Australian Indigenous Studies

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC341
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Australian Indigenous Studies

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

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of Australia’s migration, political and social services history, including power bases and racism and their impact on the shaping of our nation;
  2. Examine key characteristics of Indigenous Australian cultures and their associated world-views, values and practices, with a special focus and respect for Indigenous kinship and family values and child- rearing practices;
  3. Be pastorally mindful of culturally sensitive practices and of key organisations that support Indigenous groups in Australia;
  4. Explain the importance of language/cultural barriers and the need to work with interpreters and/or bicultural workers.

Subject Content

  • Pre-colonisation life: social and political structures, religious beliefs, land management
  • Colonisation and its impacts: resistance, conciliation, protection, segregation, assimilation
  • Competing historiographies
  • Current issues: contemporary Indigenous cultures, socio-economic factors, disadvantage, racism, child welfare, health and education, self-determination, achievement
  • Current best practice for working with Indigenous individuals, families, groups and community (includes patterns and provision of services)
  • Field trips/guest presenters

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Media Critique (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Case Response (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Flood, J. 2006. The Original Australians. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Broome, R. 2010. Aboriginal Australians. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.