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Engagement Strategies and Protocols from Subject: Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Task
Write two case studies, 550 words each, that make links between a contemporary Indigenous Australian circumstance, Australia’s history

and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) that

inform change in the future, using the following structure:

• Using the key IKC101 readings,identify and describe two contemporary Indigenous Australian circumstances such as one of those

explored in Module 3 (i.e. health, education, criminal justice, native title).
• Locate recent and relevant statistics that provide insights into the situation/s and provide a written description of the related

issues.
• Briefly explain how this situation was created by colonisation and post-colonisation policies and practices.
• List at least two Rights for each case study, at least one of which is an Indigenous Right, which align with the contemporary

circumstance being discussed.
• Describe how the Indigenous and/or Human Rights serve to improve the Indigenous circumstance under discussion.
• Include a reference list on a separate page.

Reference requirements
• Use at least six (6) reference sources in total.
• At least two (2) of the references must be located through your own research. These texts must be of academic standard, such as a

journal article, text book, text book chapter or conference paper proceeding. Assess the quality of content in web sources very

carefully. In general, website references are unlikely to provide reliable, researched information suitable for this task.
• Do not reference Creative Spirits, Wikipedia or Skwirk/Red Apple as these are unreliable sources.
• Do not cite or reference the modules. You may cite and reference the readings linked to in the modules.
• Use in-text citations to identify other people’s ideas and words. These in-text citations must follow the APA referencing style.

Quotes must be in quotation marks and the in-text citation must include the page number.
• The reference list must follow the APA style.
• The assessment task should be your own original work. This assessment task will be put through Turnitin to identify plagiarism.
Formal and respectful language requirements
• This assessment task must be in professional and formal language. This means there should be no contractions, abbreviations or slang.

Write in the third person; avoid the use of “I”.
• Care must be taken to avoid spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
• Respectful and appropriate terminology must be used when referring to and writing about Indigenous Australian people and cultures.

Assessable components
• Outlines contemporary issues and their impacts on Indigenous Australians and communities.
• Explains how contemporary Indigenous circumstances have been created by history and policy.
• Identifies appropriate Human and Indigenous rights and describes how they relate to and can improve contemporary Indigenous

Australian circumstances.
• Selects and uses appropriate terminology and uses professional and respectful language.

Rationale
•This task builds on understandings covered in the prior two assessment tasks and explores contemporary Indigenous Australian

circumstances, how they came to be and how international human rights frameworks can inform change in the future. This allows students

to consider proactive strategies for change that addresses Indigenous Australian disadvantage.
•The task continues the development of formal written skills and the use of respectful wording when discussing Indigenous Australians

and cultures, and requires that students locate and evaluate sources of information.
•The task addresses the following learning outcomes:
•Outcome IKC101.2 describe post-colonisation policies and practices and their impact on Indigenous Australian communities and families
•Outcome IKC101.3 identify Australia’s obligations under the United Nations human rights framework for the protection of Indigenous

Australian Human Rights
•Outcome IKC101.4 outline a range of contemporary issues which impact upon Indigenous Australian peoples and communities
•Outcome IKC101.5 demonstrate professional communication skills when working with Indigenous Australian peoples and communities.
This subject provides students with knowledge and understanding of pre- and post-invasion Indigenous Australian cultures, including the

continuity and change between past and present culture and the impact of historical policies and practices upon Indigenous Australian

communities and families. This subject will assist students to identify social justice issues which are of concern to contemporary

Indigenous Australians including: the International Human Rights framework, health, education, employment, native title and heritage

protection, and criminal justice. This subject will introduce strategies and skills for working effectively within Indigenous

Australian contexts or with Indigenous Australian colleagues.

Introduction
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities is taught by the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at Charles

Sturt University and sits within the field of Indigenous Australian Studies.

It is designed to develop your knowledge of Indigenous cultures and histories and the issues that impact upon Indigenous Australian

peoples today. The School of Indigenous Australian Studies is committed to the process of reconciliation and social justice through

education. The School considers that the ability to critically examine ideas about, and events that impact on, Indigenous people to be

a crucial aspect of Indigenous Australian Studies. This subject is also designed to increase your ability to examine and analyse the

relationships between Indigenous people and the rest of Australian society both in the past and the present.
The assessment items for this subject have been carefully designed to allow you to show how much you have learned about the subject

content, to demonstrate your contextual understanding and to display your developing critical analysis skills. The assessment items are

not ‘regurgitation’ exercises, that is, we will not be asking you to parrot ‘facts’. Indigenous Australian Studies is an area of

integrated study where scholars analyse the historical, social, political and other factors that have impacted upon Indigenous

Australians. For example, you could tell us the ‘fact’ that the NSW Aborigines Protection Act was implemented in 1909, but giving the

context of the time (for instance the impact of Social Darwinist thinking) that created this legislation, coupled with your engagement

with scholarly sources and argument is paramount. For example, your analysis of the impact of the legislation, such as the removal of

children, the loss of language, is really at the heart of Indigenous Australian Studies.

The assessment items are also designed to develop your written communication skills; you are challenged to generate and integrate

material into clear and concise arguments. If you feel you would like assistance with your written skills, check out the ALLaN

(Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy Advisor Support website : https://www.csu.edu.au/division/studserv/learning/.

Addressing the assessment task

In the modules, students are provided with learning activities and resources to assist with the assessment questions in close detail

and make sure you understand exactly what the question is asking you to do. For example, to ‘list’ policy eras is a very different

exercise to ‘examine the justification for’ policy eras.

Terminology

Indigenous Australian Studies is an area that requires attention to detail and an eye for subtleties. Simple explanations, assertions

or generalizations, for example, “all Indigenous people have a special spirituality”, should be avoided; they just do not adequately

explore this intricate field of study. Pay attention to the terminology you come across in the modules and the readings. There are many

derogatory words for Indigenous people and not all of them are historical relics. You will be provided with information and activities

related to the correct terminology to use when writing about Indigenous Australia.

NB: Use academic resources only, such as academic textbooks, journal articles, government and some non-government websites (UN, WHO) .

Do not use websites such as: Wikipedia, CreativeSpirits, Red Apple/Skwirk etc.

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