Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Framework

  • Pedagogical Framework
  • Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs)
  • Course Design

The incorporation of Indigenous Australian content into undergraduate awards at CSU is guided by a cultural competence pedagogical framework. This framework provides students with knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary contexts, develops their self and professional critical reflexivity and equips graduates with discipline specific and culturally appropriate skills and strategies to prepare them for working effectively with Indigenous clients and/or communities.

Indigenous Australian content incorporated into subjects and undergraduate courses offered by CSU require approval and classification by the Indigenous Board of Studies (IBS) which is a sub-committee of the University’s Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee.

Indigenous Cultural Competence Graduate Learning Outcomes addresses the three foundational elements of the Indigenous Cultural Competence Pedagogical Framework: Knowledge and understanding, Critical reflection on values and attitudes of self and profession and skill development relevant to profession.

The GLOs can be usefully understood in the following way.

Under Knowledge and understanding we have

  • Understand specific cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and the ways in which these patterns continue to be expressed in contemporary Australia.
  • Understand the nature and effects of racism at individual, institutional and cultural levels.
  • Understand the nature and dynamics of power as it operates at many levels, from practitioner-client interactions to organisational and political systems.
  • Understand the history of relationships between Indigenous Australians and the professions and how culturally constructed models used by disciplines or professions impact on people from Australian Indigenous cultures.
  • Demonstrate in practice an understanding that for Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and this relationship and the spirit of 'country' is central to the issues that are important to Indigenous people today.

Under Values and Attitudes of self and profession

  • Be aware of personal values, biases and beliefs about people from Indigenous cultural backgrounds.
  • Critically examine their own power, privilege and profession within the broader context of the history, assumptions and characteristics, that structure Australian society, and the way those factors shape historical and contemporary engagement with Indigenous communities and Indigenous people.
  • Employ an understanding of the social and political contexts of Indigenous people’s lives and communities and the roles of their professions in shaping those contexts to become agents of change.

Under Skills and professional understandings

  • Engage with the development of cultural competency in ways that show that this is a life long journey.
  • Employ an understanding of the social and political contexts of Indigenous people’s lives and communities and the roles of their professions in shaping those contexts to become agents of change.
  • Critically reflect on processes and protocols for working ethically in Indigenous contexts.
  • Demonstrate in practice an understanding of the nature and dynamics of power as it operates at many levels, from practitioner-client interactions to organisational and political systems.
  • Provide disciplinary or professional advice in a culturally appropriate way.
  • Practise in ways that show a commitment to social justice and the processes of reconciliation through inclusive practices and citizenship.

Work is currently being done within Course Design in relation to the Indigenous Cultural Competence GLOS and the pre pilots courses involved. Very shortly there will be a more elaborate section here on how these intersect to assist staff in their course design.

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