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Aboriginal Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2018.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | External assessment | Assessment Type 3: Acknowledgement

Assessment Type 3: Acknowledgement (30%)

Students undertake one acknowledgment task.

The acknowledgment task is an opportunity to recognise the importance of, and celebrate/honour, the achievements and successes of Aboriginal people.

Students choose an Aboriginal person(s), Aboriginal run organisation, or Aboriginal led initiative or movement. Students explore the history associated with the person(s)/organisation/initiative/- movement, and then present a deconstruction and analysis of what their chosen person(s)/organisation/initiative/movement has achieved and their impact within the context of our shared history.

In the acknowledgment students demonstrate their understanding of narratives (voices), accomplishments and reflections as told by past and present Aboriginal people relating to the person(s)/organisation/initiative/movement. They present evidence of Aboriginal peoples’ and communities’ viewpoints on a selected area of study from one of the contexts:

  • diversity and identities
  • cultural expressions
  • contemporary experiences.

As they compile their acknowledgment task, students follow cultural protocols and describe their interactions, collaboration, and learning from and with Aboriginal peoples and communities, including permissions to share information. Students are encouraged to access and refer to Aboriginal-made resources or quotes from Aboriginal people relating to their selected person(s)/organisation/initiative/movement.

Examples of acknowledging a person(s)/organisation/initiative/movement who have had a profound  impact may include Aboriginal people and/or communities who are unsung heroes, such as a family member, or prominent community members or public figures. For example, cultural custodians, business leaders, entrepreneurs, or people in sport, music, astronomy, creative arts, film, Aboriginal initiatives, social movements.

Within the context selected, students:

  • demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal narratives and accomplishments learned from and with Aboriginal peoples and/or communities
  • deconstruct and analyse how the past influences the present and future in their selected context
  • synthesise their learning from and with Aboriginal peoples and/or communities
  • acknowledge the importance and impact of the person/organisation/initiative/movement on our shared history.

The acknowledgment may be in presented in multimodal, oral, or written form. It should be a maximum of 12 minutes if oral, 2000 words if written, or the equivalent if multimodal.

The following specific features of the assessment design criteria for this subject are assessed in Assessment Type 3: Acknowledgment:

  • knowledge and understanding — KU1, KU2
  • deconstruction, analysis, and synthesis — DAS1, DAS3.