Indigenous Australians and the Human Services (social work core subject)

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Assessment #1 – Reflective Journal
Your Reflective Journal covers the content from Weeks 1 – 4, exploring issues around the concepts of culture and cultural competence, the relationship between Indigenous Australians and the human services, and your reflections in relation to upcoming learning about Indigenous and Australian history throughout the course and your lifetime.

A proforma for the Reflective Journal will be available through Learnonline. There are a series of questions designed to consider the course content, and to reflect upon feelings and understanding of the materials and concepts.
Some of the questions are generally ‘open-ended’, for which there is no right or wrong answer however there are also content questions from required readings and workshop content to demonstrate you have understood it. There are also some more general statements asking for analysis and interpretation.
We will be expecting you to demonstrate that you have read and understood the material presented and that your writing and responses indicate reflective thinking with regard to the course content and consideration of your learning. That is, we want you to demonstrate that you have engaged in the material in a scholarly and critical manner.
1. Write it in easier language as an asian international students and don’t use any difficult word.
2. The page number of in-text referencing must be quoted and match with the end-text referencing.
3. Plz must read all the uploaded file. Otherwise u will easily leave the topic idea and would fail for the course.
4. This is Social Work core subject assignment and use the idea from the attached powerpoint and course outline.
5. you must use the referencing from required topic or e-reading as source or referencing that shows very strong connection of the course to the tutor.
The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the knowledge, values and skills required to work effectively as human service professionals in Indigenous contexts, which is culturally accountable to Indigenous Australian people and communities.
The course provides a foundation on which to consider the contemporary issues facing human service professions in renegotiating its working relationship with Indigenous people. It aims to provide an opportunity for new beginnings to commence in welfare and social services’ commitment and accountability to justice and equity for Indigenous people. Therefore this course takes some clear value positions in relation to professional workers’ being critically reflective about both the history and future of their relationship with Indigenous people in Australia. In order to achieve this, the course requires students to engage in personal reflection about their own connections to culture and power.
Course Aim
To further develop students’ understanding of the knowledge, values and skills required to work effectively as human service/social work professionals in Indigenous Australian contexts, which is culturally accountable to Indigenous Australian people and communities.
Course Objectives
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
CO1. demonstrate the ability to summarise the central characteristics of Indigenous Australian cultures and how these can contribute positively to social work practice and wellbeing in the community.
CO2. demonstrate the application of contemporary social work/human services theory in an Indigenous Australian context.
CO3. critically analyse Indigenous Australian perspectives in response to professional social work practice.
CO4. comprehend the diversity and importance of cultural contexts in social work practice particularly, in relation to Indigenous Australian perspectives on contemporary issues.
CO5. understand the complexity of cross cultural understandings of the past & current wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
CO6. examine the ethical dimensions of practice and the issues of accountability for professionals working in Indigenous contexts;
CO7. critically analyse racism, whiteness and the role of privilege and power in the profession and as a practitioner and the impact of these in relation to Indigenous Australian peoples.

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