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Introduction to Indigenous Education (EDUC10060)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeEDUC10060
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, this subject examines the place and significance of Australian Indigenous peoples in the educational landscape. The subject will explore the changing nature of Indigenous education in Australia through studying a range of contemporary and historical views of Indigenous education. Attention will be given to the development of Australian Indigenous theory and research and its application to education. The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will form the starting point of this subject. It will also explore the location of Australian Indigenous education in the global indigenous education context, including comparisons with New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Students will develop knowledge of and the ability to engage in education initiatives that support communities, in addition to working with non-Indigenous people to support anti-racist and decolonizing practices in education. This subject provides students with an introduction to Indigenous education in Australia.

Generic skills

  • Articulate the reparative purpose and benefits of Indigenous education
  • Critically evaluate Indigenous education policies, programs and initiatives
  • Develop anti-racist practices that support people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Articulate a strengths-based perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

This subject is suitable for students with no experience of education or Indigenous issues.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Issues paper #1 (1000 words), due early semester (30%)
  • Issues paper #2 (1000 words), due mid semester (30%)
  • Annotated bibliography (2000 words), due end semester (40%)

Hurdle requirement: a minimum of 80% attendance at all scheduled tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorElizabeth Mckinley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

Further information

Last updated: 12 June 2019