IKC406 Indigenous Social Work Policy and Practice (8)

In this subject an Indigenist and Human Rights based framework is applied to enable students to contextualise and critically examine the social, historical, cultural and institutional conditions under which social work practice for Indigenous Australians has evolved. Students will examine the discourses through which knowledge about Indigenous Australians is constructed in order to critically analyse the impact of past and current policy on their professional practice. The subject is designed for students and practitioners to apply a relational framework for deeper understandings of cultural competence in the field.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the key social and community issues facing Indigenous communities today;
  • be able to engage in critical reflection on the role of social workers in working with Indigenous people and communities;
  • be able to synthesise and apply skills, attributes and knowledge integral to work with Indigenous people in social work contexts; and
  • be able to develop and implement relational cultural competency, self-reflection, reflexivity and critical analysis.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • This subject will be delivered using a modular approach and will cover the following topics:
  • Module One: Reflection: Positioning yourself for social work with Indigenous peoples
  • - Topic One: Standpoint theory and critical self-reflection
  • - Topic Two: Key Theoretical Frameworks
  • - Topic Three: Who are Indigenous Australians?
  • - Topic Four: Indigenous Ways of Being, Doing and Knowing
  • Module Two: Social Justice and Rights
  • - Topic One: History of Social Work with Indigenous Australian
  • - Topic Two: The AASW Code of Ethics and Indigenous Australians
  • - Topic Three: Indigenous Human Rights
  • - Topic Four: Socio-economic status and what statistics tell us
  • Module Three: Policy and Social Work Practice
  • - Topic One: Past Indigenous Policy Directions
  • - Topic Two: Current Indigenous Policy Directions
  • - Topic Three: Indigenous organisations and programs
  • - Topic Four: Indigenous Social Work Practice


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.