Courses & Units

Cultural Awareness/ Aboriginal Studies EMT690


This unit responds to the attempts at national, state and Territory levels to include consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander[1] issues, histories, cultures and perspectives in the curriculum. The unit has four foci which are integrated: identities, nationalism, history and ethics. It considers these as they relate to Indigenous inclusion in education, teaching and broader social and ethical context of Australian society. It enables students to recognise that cultural engagement in any classroom is contingent on the teacher's awareness of their own cultural positioning both as an individual and as a political and social power in society. The unit also provides students with key skills in understanding international constructions of nationalist histories so they will be able to reflect on how Australia's national history was written with silences on abuse of Indigenous Australians. It enables students to be more able to position themselves in understanding so-called 'history wars'. The content and reflection will enable students to own a position from which to teach the shared Indigenous and non-Indigenous history since colonisation and to teach Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

Please note: Hereafter the term 'Indigenous' people is used to mean Indigenous Australian people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and not to blur these different identities.


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

Dr Mary O'Dowd

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes


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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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