Courses & Units

Cultural Awareness: The Non-indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interface ESH390




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 ESH390
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

David Hicks

Teaching staff

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


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Key Dates

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

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 070105

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EAL102 or ESH102


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


AT1: Essay (30%); AT2: Digital Resource (20%); AT3: Lesson Sequence & Blog (50%)

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