IKC200 Contemporary Indigenous Australian Realities (8)


This subject has been designed in module format to provide students with knowledge and understanding of contemporary Indigenous Australian cultures, including the continuity and change between past and present culture; the impact of historical policies and practices upon Indigenous communities and families; issues which are of concern to contemporary Indigenous Australians in the areas of health, education, employment, land, and criminal justice; to situate this knowledge and understanding within broader understandings of Social Justice, Human Rights and Reconciliation.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceDubbo Campus
Session 3
DistanceDubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC200
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

Assumed Knowledge

IKC103 Indigenous Australian Histories or equivalent knowledge and understanding

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe the principles of Social Justice and Human Rights and the continuity and change between past and present Indigenous Australian cultures
  • Be able to examine a range of issues which impact upon Indigenous Australians today
  • Be able to explain the interplay between the trans-generational legacies of colonisation
  • Be able to summarise various government interventions and initiatives, such as the Northern Territory intervention and Closing the Gap, and use an evidence-based approach to analyse their effectiveness


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Social Justice and Human rights
  • Indigenous cultures today: change and continuity between past and present- transgenerational legacies
  • Health and wellbeing and education
  • Employment
  • Criminal and juvenile justice
  • Policies and interventions: Is the gap closing?
  • Heritage Protection
  • Land Rights and Native Title
  • Self-determination and the politics of control
  • Where to from here? Addressing issues of a treaty, sovereignty and reconciliation


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.