EEP420 Understanding Indigenous Communities and the Child (8)


 This subject aims to build student cultural competence by supporting students to develop a positive understanding of Indigenous communities in contemporary Australian society and to consider issues arising for children. Students are required to investigate local Indigenous communities from the perspective of connection to land, language, spirituality and culture. Students are expected to understand how these connections have impacted on and shaped the identity and place of 21 Century Indigenous children in Australia. This subject is designed to connect students to local communities, and through this to understand the strengths Indigenous children contribute to the learning environment.

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Session 3
DistanceDubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEP420
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
1. Be able to demonstrate cultural competence and the ability to work effectively as educational professionals
2. Evaluate the impact of historical, political and economic events that have impacted on the local Indigenous community
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the connection of community to land, language, spirituality and culture
4. Demonstrate an understanding of influences that shape an Indigenous child’s identity in contemporary Australian society
5. Develop an understanding of the Indigenous child from a strength-based model


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Connecting with the Indigenous community by building understanding of cultural competence including protocols required to work in Indigenous communities;
  • Historical overview of policies that have impacted on Indigenous Australians that focuses on the binary between Western and Indigenous worldviews; 
  • Connections to land, language, spirituality and culture; 
  • Influences that shape the child focusing on identity development and using the strengths of the Indigenous child to develop learning;
  • Critique the impact of 'cultural whiteness';
  • Examine identity formation and its effect on educational relationships.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.