Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Gippsland
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Robyn Heckenberg


The unit enables students develop a professional framework based on theories and conventions to support Human Rights and social justice for Indigenous women.Students identify legal and ethical dimensions of community contexts, including ramifications of government policies and past history on ways Indigenous communities have to operate with emphasis on Indigenous women and children. Knowledge of the Australian legal and political systems and skills to work within such constraints for rights of Indigenous Women and children are developed. Students apply knowledge to creative solutions of the most strategic kind to empower Indigenous women and facilitate self-determination and self-empowerment.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. Developed a professional theoretical framework based on international and national human rights, social justice and participative democracy in the context of Indigenous rights;
  2. Developed an understanding of the international bodies and networks that facilitate advocacy for Indigenous people;
  3. Within the context of community need, developed skills for applying knowledge to community contexts that will bring about positive outcomes for women and children;
  4. Developed a sound understanding of the Australian legal system with reference to everyday issues such as racial discrimination, the rights of children, tenancy rights, citizenship rights, etc;
  5. Acquired extensive knowledge on the primary social needs of Indigenous women and children and be able to facilitate support in these areas as reflected in journal entries;
  6. incorporated ethical theory and a deep understanding of practitioners' legal and ethical obligations towards communities, this includes issues to do with protocols;
  7. developed methods to improve an advocacy for Indigenous women and children in relation to government departments and private agencies.


Theoretical essay (4000 words): 45%
Case study (2500 words): 25%
Participation on discussion board (1000 words): 10%
Journal of semester events (1500 words): 20%