IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities (8)


This subject provides students with knowledge and understanding of pre- and post-invasion Indigenous Australian cultures, including the continuity and change between past and present culture and the impact of historical policies and practices upon Indigenous Australian communities and families. This subject will assist students to identify social justice issues which are of concern to contemporary Indigenous Australians including: the International Human Rights framework, health, education, employment, native title and heritage protection, and criminal justice. This subject will introduce strategies and skills for working effectively within Indigenous Australian contexts or with Indigenous Australian colleagues.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
DistanceDubbo Campus
Session 2
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
DistanceDubbo Campus
Session 3
DistanceDubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC101
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Indigenous Australian Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • explain the diversity of Indigenous Australian cultures both past and present
  • describe post-colonisation policies and practices and their impact on Indigenous Australian communities and families
  • identify Australia's obligations under the United Nations human rights framework for the protection of Indigenous Australian Human Rights
  • outline a range of contemporary issues which impact upon Indigenous Australian peoples and communities
  • demonstrate professional communication skills when working with Indigenous Australian peoples and communities.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Dreaming and Relationships to Country
  • Kinship and Social Organisation
  • Economic Organisation
  • Invasion and the Colonial Frontier Period
  • Protection and Segregation
  • The Stolen Generations
  • Indigenous Australian Peoples and Human Rights
  • Indigenous Australian Health and Wellbeing
  • Education and Employment
  • Indigenous Australian People and the Criminal Justice System
  • Native Title and Heritage Protection
  • Strategies and Protocols for effective engagement with Indigenous Australian Peoples


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.