IKC403 Critical Studies: Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities (8)

This subject develops knowledge of Indigenous Australian peoples' varied and diverse realities. It will enhance understandings of the effects of historical and contemporary policy and practices on the lives of Indigenous Australian peoples. It examines a range of social, cultural, historical, and institutional factors that impact on the contemporary experiences of Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian peoples using a relational framework. Students will apply critical thinking, analysis, and reflection skills to consider Indigenous cultural competency for professional contexts.  

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment in this subject is available to students who have completed IKC100, IKC101, IKC102, IKC103, IKC200, IKC201, IKC202, IKC300, IKC302, and IKC303.

No TCR is applicable to IKC101 and IKC403.

Subject Relationships

IKC302 Human Rights and Indigenous Australians - compatible subject
IKC201 Comparative Indigenous Studies - compatible subject
IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities - compatible subject
IKC102 Indigenous Australian Cultures - compatible subject
IKC103 Indigenous Australian Histories - compatible subject
IKC202 Indigenous Australians and Literatures: Critical Endeavours - compatible subject
IKC200 Contemporary Indigenous Australian Realities - compatible subject
IKC300 Indigenous Australians and the Politics of Race and Representation - compatible subject
IKC100 Indigenous Health - compatible subject
IKC303 Indigenous Australians and the Politics of Control - compatible subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and theorise individual and collective standpoint in relation to Indigenous peoples' experiences of Australian history;
  • be able to examine critical race and culture theories to identify the function of hegemonic structures and analyse the impact on Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the past and present;
  • be able to reflexively critique professions such as health, policing, education, law, and social work to analyse the benefits of cultural competency;
  • be able to analyse the factors that have shaped historical and contemporary engagement with Indigenous communities and Indigenous peoples and analyse effects of deficit paradigms as they relate to Indigenous Australians; and
  • be able to apply a cultural competence framework that demonstrates ethical professional practice, and to apply principles to develop respectful partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theorising Standpoint
  • Indigenous Australians' experiences of Australian history
  • Australian cultural theory and analysis
  • Social constructions of culture of Self and Other, binary thinking, power relations
  • Connecting story, place, and profession
  • Historical and contemporary policies and practice
  • Project planning: Ethics, professional practice, cultural competence strategies


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.