Courses & Units

Cultural Awareness/ Aboriginal Studies EMT690

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


Students are enabled to constructively consider the interface of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander[1] and non-Indigenous issues, histories, cultures and perspectives in education, the curriculum and  the hidden curriculum'. The unit has four foci which are integrated: identity/ nationalism, history, ethics and pedagogy. It considers these foci as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students, cultural inclusion and racism in education and Australian society. The unit enables students to develop their ethical position, to recognise that cultural engagement in any classroom is contingent on the teacher's awareness of his/her own cultural positioning and  the institutional political, racial and social context of power in society. The unit's content and pedagogy enable students to own a position from which to be confident and capable to teach the interface of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous cultures; and to teach Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students with cultural insight and respect. The unit fosters critical thinking and engagement with ethical issues that are vital to being an effective and transformative teacher capable of fostering restorative justice and reconciliation.


Unit name Cultural Awareness/ Aboriginal Studies
Unit code EMT690
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Education
School of Education
Discipline School of Education
Teaching staff

Dr Mary O'Dowd

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2016: $782.00 2016: $1,857.00 070105

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Teaching Pattern

Face to face students: 1 x 1 hour Lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial (13 Weeks)

Online students: Online lectures, tutorials, exercises/activities

  1. An essay (25%)
  2. Tutorial topic: presentation and perr review (20%)
  3. Rationale and learning sequence (55%)
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Price, K. (ED.) (2012). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: an introduction to the teaching profession, Cambridge University Press, Melb..

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