IKC101 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. It develops skills in critical thinking, reflection, and analysis for reflexive practice within diverse professions.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineDubbo Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineDubbo Campus
Session 3
OnlineDubbo 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

Enrolment restrictions

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to investigate, compare and reflect on standpoint to explain Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' historical positioning;
  • be able to describe, analyse and theorise individual and collective standpoint in relation to Indigenous peoples' experiences of Australian history;
  • be able to critically reflect on the factors that have shaped historical and contemporary engagement with Indigenous communities and Indigenous peoples and critique deficit paradigms as they relate to Indigenous Australians;
  • be able to critically examine how racialised power and privilege influence historical and contemporary structures of Australian society and its institutions; and
  • be able to refine, review, relate and map new knowledge and understandings to demonstrate ethical professional practice, and to explore principles for respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Histories, stories, and story-making (Investigate, Compare, Reflect)
  • Standpoint investigations
  • Social, cultural, and historical positioning
  • Self-reflection and reflexivity using a relational framework
  • Multiple perspectives on Australian culture and history
  • Module 2: Construction of Knowledge (Describe, Analyse, Apply)
  • Connecting story, place, and professions
  • Historical and contemporary policies and practices
  • Race, racialisation, and culture
  • Reflexive examination of individual standpoints
  • Module 3: Professional Responsibilities (Refine, Review, Relate, Map)
  • Mapping professional practice
  • Ethics and professional responsibilities
  • Conceptualising a project


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.