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IA3003 - Indigenous Family Wellbeing and Community Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies

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

  • discuss leadership within an Indigenous context;
  • identify the relationships between Indigenous communities and government;
  • recognise the unique nature of family and community well-being from both the Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islander perspective;
  • critically analyse the way community development processes are applied in Indigenous organisations.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams.


Cairns, Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Mrs Val Wallace.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials
Assessment: 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.