Courses & Units

Cultural Awareness: The Non-indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interface EMT691




Students are enabled to constructively consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, histories, cultures and perspectives in the 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 students, cultural inclusion and racism in educational context of 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 to recognise the institutional political, racial and social power in society. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on the curriculum and the 'hidden curriculum' in school and their impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and cultures engagement in school. The content and reflection enable students to own a position from which to be confident and capable to teach across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous interface since colonisation and to teach in this area with cultural insight and respect. The unit fosters deep thinking and engagement with ethical issues as well as subject knowledge that are vital to being an effective and transformative teacher capable of fostering restorative justice and reconciliation


Unit name Cultural Awareness: The Non-indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interface
Unit code EMT691
Credit points 6.25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Teaching staff

Mr Paul Cutler

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $417.00 2020: $1,054.00 070103

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EMT691 is a 6.25 credit point unit and has a co-requisite of EMT609 which is also a 6.25 credit point unit. As EMT691 and EMT609 are co-requisites of each other, they must be enrolled for the same semester for study. If these units are not enrolled together, you will be ineligible for the one you're enrolled in.



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Teaching Pattern

This unit will run for 6 weeks of the semester - further details will be provided by your School

Online: fully online with weekly readings


Task 1: Essay on barriers (30%). Task 2: Tutorial presentation and peer review (20%). Task 3: Final presentation, lesson sequence and rationale (50%).

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