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Aboriginal Studies (Accelerated)

Aboriginal Studies

Rationale (An excerpt from NESA Syllabus)

Aboriginal Studies is designed to foster intellectual, social and moral development by enabling students to think critically about the historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal peoples. Through this study students will develop a heightened understanding and appreciation of the concepts of social justice and shared histories, and will critically examine their role as active and informed citizens. 

Aboriginal history and culture are fundamental to the development of Australian identity. Aboriginal Studies acknowledges the contribution of Aboriginal cultures and communities to Australian society. 

Aboriginal Studies seeks to provide a body of knowledge that is both accurate and unbiased. The course will provide students with ways of detecting and analysing bias in representations of Aboriginal peoples. 

Aboriginal Studies is a unique experience for both Aboriginal students and non-Aboriginal students. Aboriginal students are provided with an opportunity for cultural affirmation and positive educational experiences while non-Aboriginal students are able to ‘learn together' with Aboriginal peoples and communities. All students are encouraged to take an active role in the process of reconciliation. 

For all students, Aboriginal Studies provides a flexible structure to prepare for further education, training and employment. Students will develop analytical skills, the ability to pursue independent research and the ability to develop coherent arguments.



Preliminary Aboriginal Studies 1 (Year 9 Accelerated Course)

Topics Studied:

  1. Aboriginality and the Land
  2. Heritage and Identity


Preliminary Aboriginal Studies 2 (Year 10 Accelerated Course)

Topics Studied:

  1. Heritage and Identity (continued)
  2. International Indigenous Community: Comparative Study
  3. Research and Inquiry methods: Local Community Case Study

HSC Aboriginal Studies  (Year 11 Accelerated Course)

Topics Studied:

  1. Research and Inquiry Methods: Major Project
  2. Global Perspective
  3. Health
  4. Education
  5. Aboriginality and the Land