First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced)

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced) is an online unit provided by Griffith University and Open Universities Australia that critically examines the concepts and practices that impact social work policies affecting indigenous Australian peoples.

Using diverse recounts from indigenous Australian people, you will assess policies, colonial politics, practices and essential socio-economic issues from a human rights and social justice perspective. The unit focuses on topics including the historical impact of colonisation, state reactions to indigenous Australian peoples and the challenges of creating effective policies.

By the end of the unit, you will be able to critically evaluate the implications of British colonisation on indigenous Australians and demonstrate a clear awareness of their diverse needs in urban, remote and rural areas. In addition, you will learn to appreciate the widespread and complex manifestations of racism in Australia, and consider ways in which Australian policy and mainstream institutions favour whiteness.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Must have successfully completed the unit, Foundations of Social Work Practice

AND

  • Be accepted into the Master of Social Work

Areas of study

In the First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced) unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to critical theory
  • An introduction to Indigenous Australia
  • Theory: race, culture, politics and emancipation
  • History of invasion of Indigenous nations: dispossession and resistance
  • History of politics, policies, practices and socio-economic imperatives: oppression and resistance
  • Current socio-political realities: implications for practice
  • Current socio-political realities: implications for practice – child protection
  • Current socio-political realities: implications for practice – education, criminal justice system
  • Current socio-political realities: implications for practice – media

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced) is an essential unit for pursuing a career in social work. Over the course of the unit you will develop critical insight into the central issue of racism towards Indigenous Australians and evaluate ways to combat its manifestations in public policy and practice.

In particular, you will develop advocacy skills to engage in the discourse surrounding human service and social work policy for the Indigenous population.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced) from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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