Indigenous Education and Perspectives

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


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Hawthorn 12 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23



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.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
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.