Indigenous Education and Perspectives

EDU10005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020. 

Contact hours

  • 24 hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2 Teaching Period 3

6 Jul 20 - 4 Oct 20

27 Oct 20

Last self enrolment:
19 Jul 20

31 Jul 20

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20



Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on contemporary and historical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identity, languages, histories, status, challenges, contributions and perspectives. The unit enables pre-service teachers to synthesise perspectives about Indigenous education and how these can enhance Western education practices. An additional aim is to plan and develop authentic curriculum and pedagogy for teaching Indigenous children and analyse how Indigenous teaching and learning practices can benefit all children. This knowledge and understanding contributes to graduates’ cultural competence and promotes culturally inclusive teaching practices based on sensitive and informed relationships.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Discuss and critique Australian Indigenous education and perspectives.
2. Assess the impact of historical and contemporary events and issues on current educational contexts for Indigenous people.
3. Identify how Indigenous education and perspectives align with teachers’ professional role as advocates for children and their families.
4. Reflect on their own attitudes and values in relation to Indigenous people and how these may affect their teaching and professional relationships.
5. Recognise the continuous contributions of Indigenous people in Australian society.
6. Plan authentic learning experiences that enable all children to learn about Indigenous people and perspectives.