Course Title: Introducing Indigenous Studies in Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introducing Indigenous Studies in Education

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Tricia McLaughlin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7480 (reception)

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.38

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisite: This course requires successful completion of TCHE2574 Literacy and Numeracy Test

Course Description

In this course you will explore and critically examine the impact of colonisation on Indigenous communities in Australia. Issues for education will be theorised 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 generate and evaluate critical and complex interpretations 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 to develop 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:

  • Critically examine 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);
  • Recognise and appreciate the place of Indigenous cultures, aspirations and achievements in Australia;
  • Critical reflect on individual and professional knowledge and subject positions in relation to Indigenous experience in Australian educational and social contexts;
  • Analyse complexities of professional teaching practice in collaboration with Indigenous communities.
  • Critically apply human rights and social justice frameworks in analysing and evaluating contemporary questions and possibilities for Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia.

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

  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • Provide leadership within education in strategic, collaborative and sustainable ways.
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities 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