Courses & Units

Cultural Awareness: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies ESH390



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 and critical reflection, to recognise that cultural engagement in any classroom is contingent on the teacher's awareness of his/her own cultural positioning; and a liberation pedagogy enables them to identify and challenge institutional political, racial and social injustices in school. The unit's content and pedagogy enable students to own a position from which to be confident and capable to work and 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 & Torres Strait Islander Studies
Unit code ESH390
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Teaching staff

Dr Mary O'Dowd

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2015 10/8/2015 31/8/2015 16/10/2015
Spring school (extended) 31/10/2015 23/11/2015 22/12/2015 13/2/2016

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2015.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $769.00 2015: $1,812.00 070105

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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Teaching Pattern

On-Campus students: 1 x 1 hour lecture (13 Weeks) available only on-line; and a 1 x 2 hour face to face tutorial (13 Weeks) 

Online students: Lectures, weekly activities and discussions


Essay (20%); peer review process (20%) Aboriginal Studies Presentation and learning Sequence (60%)

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