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IA3003 - Indigenous Family Wellbeing and Community Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies (pre 2015)

Available to undergraduate students.

This subject explores Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their roles within family and community. It will examine some of the social determinants of social and cultural capital, leadership, capacity building and health. The concepts of family, community well-being and self determination, along with the cultural bias that may influence service providers in their assessment of the needs of Indigenous communities will be discussed. Students will be introduced to issues and notions through online learning including the discussion board, e-mail, digital media and reading materials. Therefore it is essential that students have access to the World Wide Web to complete this subject. Students should note that this is a third year subject and successful completion of some second year subjects is advisable prior to enrolling in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse the way community development processes are applied in Indigenous organisations;
  • critically explore leadership within an Indigenous context;
  • critically evaluate the relationships between Indigenous communities and government and present research outcomes in a written format that demonstrates appropriate academic language and formatting;
  • critically examine the unique nature of family and community well-being from both the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islander perspective;
  • research and develop a project proposal for a program based on a scenario and demonstrate the ability to use appropriate academic language and formatting.


Cairns, External, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials
Assessment: 2 part multidraft literature review (50%); project proposal (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.