IKC102 Indigenous Australian Cultures and Knowledge Systems (8)

This subject examines concepts of culture, and the impact of diverse worldview  positions on representations of Indigenous Australian peoples and cultures. The diversity of Indigenous cultures, knowledge frameworks, and contemporary cultural practice will be examined.  Students will analyse the centrality of Indigenous cultures and knowledge to Australian national identity through an Indigenist lens. Through reflection on professional standpoint, students will explore principles of practice that underpin their role as agents of change.


Session 3 (90)
Dubbo Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC102. 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 examine and reflect on their knowledge and worldviews through socio-cultural and historical lenses;
  • be able to deconstruct the legacies of colonial representations of Indigenous cultures over time and examine the impact on contemporary cultural discourses and Australian national identity;
  • be able to identify the significance of Indigenous worldviews on knowledge systems, language, kinship, and connections to Country; and
  • be able to recognise the diversity of Indigenous knowledges and cultures and to apply understandings as agents of change in professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is culture?
  • Relationship between cultures and worldviews
  • Knowledge reflection statement
  • Representation in film and literature over time
  • Representation through education and the media over time
  • Contemporary discourses, Australian national identity, and Indigenous Australian cultures
  • Centring Indigenous perspectives: knowledge systems, language, kinship and connections to Country
  • Making connections: knowledge reflection statement
  • Why does diversity matter?
  • Decolonising the professions: Institutional, Cultural and Social

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of IKC102 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflection: cultural artefacts and concepts
Blog posts
Student presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.