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
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie
Wagga Wagga Campus
Dubbo Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie
Wagga Wagga Campus
Dubbo Campus
Session 3 (90)
Dubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
Subject Relationships
IKC100 Indigenous HealthIKC102 Indigenous Australian CulturesIKC300 Indigenous Australians and the Politics of Race and RepresentationIKC201 Comparative Indigenous StudiesIKC202 Indigenous Australians and Literatures: Critical EndeavoursIKC103 Indigenous Australian HistoriesIKC303 Indigenous Australians and the Politics of ControlIKC200 Contemporary Indigenous Australian RealitiesIKC302 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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.