Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies (General)

Course Code: GEAIS/GTAIS
Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
Timetable: Semester 1 and 2
Length of Course: 2 Years

Course Information

Year 11

Unit One

The focus for this unit is to develop knowledge and understanding of Australia’s First Nations Peoples
as being the oldest living continuous cultures in the world. Students explore factors that contribute to
a group, or individual, identity. Students further develop their understanding of the diversity of First
Nations Peoples’ experiences and perspectives, locally, nationally, and globally and develop an
awareness of the ways First Nations Peoples’ identities are expressed through unique ways of being,
knowing and doing.

Unit Two

The focus of this unit is for students to learn about the distinctiveness and diversity of Australian First
Nations Peoples’ cultural expressions. They learn how First Nations Peoples, both within Australia
and internationally, continue to use materials and technologies in innovative ways to create cultural
expressions that celebrate, challenge and communicate ideas and perspectives. Students explore the
use of First Nations Peoples’ cultural expressions to continue, maintain, share and revitalise their
cultural knowledge and values and, in doing so, develop respect and understanding of the cultural
protocols, including intellectual and cultural property rights, which exist to protect and revitalise First
Nation Peoples’ cultures.

Year 12

Unit Three

The focus for this unit is the relationship Indigenous Peoples in Australia and other countries have with the
environment. Within this broad area, students investigate Aboriginal Peoples’ knowledge of the past and the
present. Students investigate changes in technology, adaptation to the environment and social structures.
Students explore how cultures incorporate change while maintaining continuity of tradition with respect to
the environment.

Unit Four

The focus for this unit is cultural interaction and resilience. Students explore how cultural change results
from a range of factors and commonly involves interaction between different cultures. They investigate the
ways individuals and groups show cultural resilience as they seek to maintain their cultural identity. Students
also explore the interactions between cultures with different world views, how they respond to one another,
and how they each maintain continuity.

Pathway Information



Students undertaking this course may wish to consider tertiary studies in:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology

This course suits direct workforce entry into the following:

  • Youth Support Programs
  • Aboriginal Health Programs


Additional Information

Estimated Charges: $35 per year