Contemporary realities for indigenous Australians

Learn how past histories still impact Indigenous Australians.
What’s it about?

This course will introduce you to a number of issues that impact upon or are of concern to contemporary Indigenous Australians. It also revisits the question of ‘Who are Indigenous Australians’, the correct terminology to use, and strategies and protocols for working with Indigenous people. You will investigate Indigenous education and employment, human rights and social justice, Education and Criminal Justice system. Understanding the issues for Indigenous Australians today will build insights into reconciliation with First Nations world-wide.

What will I learn?

You will be introduced to the following topics;

  • Indigenous Australian education and employment

  • Indigenous Australian people and the criminal justice system

  • Strategies and Protocols for effective engagement with Indigenous Australian Peoples

What’s involved?

This course is designed as an introductory level to the Australian Indigenous culture and is self-paced allowing you flexibility in your study. You will work your way through readings and activities. Your learning is guided by a series of icons that reflect the importance of the Indigenous culture. For example, a campground signifies a place to stop, reflect or undertake a task. The clapsticks keep time to a song that contain important knowledge. They indicate key ideas.


Everyone is welcome to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are recommended with the ability to create a blog/journal for you to use during the course.  

Image credit: Steve Evans from Citizen of the World, CC-BY 

Current Start learning

Course Code: INDA104
Available: 14 December 2016
Type: Micro course

Course Credit: Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Culture, history and contemporary issues
Credential: Can be used as elective subject in any degree at Charles Sturt University
Level: 1st year Bachelor’s