Course Title: Indigenous Studies in Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Studies in Education

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Aleryk Fricker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9403

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous communities in Australia. Issues for education will be considered in historical, cultural, political and practice-based contexts. Drawing on international comparisons, the content will be informed by human rights and social justice frameworks. You will engage with critical and complex interpretation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations as these both shape and are shaped by public and educational discussions of Australian national identities. A key component of this course will be developing a critical understanding of your individual and professional subject positions in relation to Australian educational and social contexts. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the impacts of historical, political, cultural dimensions of colonisation on Indigenous peoples in Australia (and other ‘fourth world’ countries, such as Canada, New Zealand and the United States)
  • Discuss the place of Indigenous cultures, aspirations and achievements in Australia
  • Critical reflect on their individual and professional knowledge and subject positions in relation to Indigenous experience in Australian educational and social contexts
  • Critically discuss the complexities of professional teaching practice in collaboration with Indigenous communities
  • Apply human rights and social justice frameworks in analysing contemporary questions for Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia
  • Propose ways forward in education, using these frameworks.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts
  • Work with other in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1