Course Title: Indigenous Studies in Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Studies in Education

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Aleryk Fricker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9403

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.14

Course Coordinator Availability: by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course explores and critically examines the impacts 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 understandings 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:

 Course Learning Outcomes  AITSL Standards 
 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).  1.4, 2.4 
Reflect on the place of Indigenous cultures, aspirations and achievements in Australia.  2.4
Critically reflect on personal and professional knowledge and subject positions in relation to Indigenous experience in Australian educational and social contexts.   1.4, 2.4
 Theorise complexities of professional teaching practice in collaboration with Indigenous communities.  2.4
 Critically apply human rights and social justice frameworks in analysing and evaluating contemporary questions for Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia.  1.4, 2.4, 4.4 
 Identify and evaluate possible ways forward in education, using  human rights and social justice frameworks and appropriate sources for ongoing professional learning around indigenous education. 1.4, 2.4, 4.1, 6.2

Program Learning Outcomes In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

● Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner-focused, evidence-based teaching.

● Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.

● Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.

● Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

● Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources. The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. There are three assessment tasks: 

 Title, Words, Weighting  Assessment of Course Learning Outcomes  Assessment of AITSL Standards
 Assessment Task 1: Observation Report, equivalent 1000 words, 25%  3, 6  1.4, 2.4
Assessment Task 2: Research essay, equivalent 1000 words, 25%   1, 2, 3, 4  1.4, 2.4
Assessment Task 3: Reflection essay, equivalent 2000 words, 50%   2, 3, 4, 5, 6  1.4, 2.4, 6.2

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. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: