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Aboriginal Studies Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2018.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Content


Learning from and with Aboriginal peoples, communities, and other sources of Aboriginal voice underpins the learning in this subject. It enables students to access a range of Aboriginal viewpoints and develop respect for and awareness of the diversity of the experiences of Aboriginal peoples and communities.

Students develop their understanding of Aboriginal narratives and accomplishments as told by Aboriginal peoples. Through their understanding of the connections between past and present, students deconstruct and analyse experiences that are of significance to Aboriginal peoples and communities.

Students learn from Aboriginal peoples and communities about enterprises developed in response to significant past and/or contemporary experiences.

Through their learning in this subject, students gain confidence and develop respectful ways of thinking, listening, communicating, and understanding. As they develop respectful understanding, students connect with, reflect on, and evaluate their own learning. Students progressively challenge their own thinking and ideas as they develop and extend their understanding of Aboriginal peoples’ identities and experiences.

Stage 1 Aboriginal Studies is a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject.

Aboriginal Studies is underpinned by three integrated learning strands that are studied through two contexts. The learning strands provide the conceptual framework for the knowledge, understandings, skills, and capabilities that students develop through each of the contexts, as illustrated in the following diagram