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Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship (AIS308)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This is the capstone unit for the minor in Australian Indigenous Studies. The major component is a professional internship placement, where students spend a number of weeks working with an Indigenous community organisation and/or in Indigenous contexts. Coursework comprises an exploration framework for cross-cultural interaction engagement in work settings, such as Indigenous protocols, cultural safety and cultural competence. Finally, students will synthesise both this unit and the overall AIS major to describe how this might be applied in professional contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Critically engage models aimed at supporting successful cross-cultural working relationships with Indigenous people and in Indigenous contexts
2. Demonstrate the ability to work with Indigenous people and in Indigenous contexts in culturally appropriate ways
3. Synthesize that which has been learnt as part of the overall AIS major, the work integrated learning experience and course work in order to describe how this will be applied to future professional employment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Occasional seminars.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is that you spend 75 hours a semester on a work placement at an Indigenous organisation, or an organisation that often works with Indigenous people. This practical experience is supported by weekly reading activities, completed online via LMS, whereby you will critically engage with a range of models for successful cross-cultural professional practice. Throughout the semester, you are required to attend occasional
Other Learning Experiences Work placement.
Assessment Assessments for this unit are:
Online Participation - 10%
Work Placement - 40%
Interview and Mentor Essay - 20%
Panel Presentation - 30%
Prerequisites Students must have completed at least two (2) units from the Australian Indigenous Studies minor or have sought the approval of the Academic Chair.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed AIS222 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship may not enrol in this unit.
Previously 2014: AIS208
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Arts (BA) [New in 2019]
Community Development (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA)
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (BA)
Indonesian (BA)
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Japanese (BA)
Philosophy (BA)
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Michelle Carey

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6593
e: M.Carey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Michelle Carey

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6593
e: M.Carey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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