IKC403 Critical Studies: 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. Students will apply critical thinking, analysis, and reflection skills to consider Indigenous cultural competency for professional contexts.


Session 1 (30)
Dubbo Campus
Session 2 (60)
Dubbo Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC403. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

No TCR is applicable to IKC101 and IKC403.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and theorise individual and collective standpoint in relation to Indigenous peoples' experiences of Australian history;
  • be able to examine critical race and culture theories to identify the function of hegemonic structures and analyse the impact on Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the past and present;
  • be able to reflexively critique professions such as health, policing, education, law, and social work to analyse the benefits of cultural competency;
  • be able to analyse the factors that have shaped historical and contemporary engagement with Indigenous communities and Indigenous peoples and analyse effects of deficit paradigms as they relate to Indigenous Australians; and
  • be able to apply a cultural competence framework that demonstrates ethical professional practice, and to apply principles to develop respectful partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theorising Standpoint
  • Indigenous Australians' experiences of Australian history
  • Australian cultural theory and analysis
  • Social constructions of culture of Self and Other, binary thinking, power relations
  • Connecting story, place, and profession
  • Historical and contemporary policies and practice
  • Project planning: Ethics, professional practice, cultural competence strategies

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of IKC403 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Individual self-reflection part a
Individual critical self-reflection part b
Individual portfolio
Professional planning document

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.