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Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies Year 11 - General: Curriculum outline

Understanding and valuing cultural diversity are key skills both for citizenship in contemporary multicultural Australia and for participation in an increasingly global community. The Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies General course is intended to equip students with the knowledge, skills and values to be active citizens at the local, national and global levels.

Unit outline
Unit 1

This unit enables students to develop their understanding of the concept of culture and of Australia’s First Nations Peoples as being the oldest living continuous cultures in the world.

Unit 2

This unit enables students to explore the distinctiveness and diversity of Australian First Nations Peoples’ cultural expressions.

Connection to Country

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Source: Stewart, L. (2019, February 28). People and issues outside our big cities are diverse, but these priorities stand out.


Source: Share Our Pride. (n.d.). Our culture.

Spiritual Beliefs
Cook sailed past mountains and named them 'The Three Brothers'. He didn't know the Birpai Nation had named them this for millennia. This is Birpai elder Aunty Marian Holten's version of the Three Brothers story.

In this special about Indigenous leaders, we learn more about the life of Eddie Mabo, find out about Indigenous activist Charlie Perkins and meet some school kids who tell us about Indigenous women who have inspired them.
Aboriginal people are in a race against time to save what's left of their mother tongues. Before the arrival of the Europeans there were more than 250 languages spoken in Australia. Now only half of them are left and all are critically endangered. Daryn McKenny has spent the last decade reviving the Awabakal language of Newcastle and its no easy task. To just find the word for sister they had to reverse translate a 19th century bible written in the Newcastle language.
Oral and performance traditions
Lewis Burns is an ambassador of the Aboriginal Tradition and carries the wisdom and knowledge of his elders around the world as he travels and shares his culture.

Dance competition held at the Sydney Opera house showcasing traditional customs, language and contemporary culture of First Nations dancers from around Australia.


Visual Arts


Follows the Indigenous people of the Western Australian Pilbara's battle to preserve Australia's 40,000-year-old cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry. Filmmaker Tyson Mowarin shows the waves of industrialisation and development that threaten sites all over the region, and how he and the people of the Pilbara are fighting back by documenting the rock art, recording sacred sites and battling to get their unique cultural heritage recognised, digitised and celebrated.

Cultural Knowledge

People from the central Australian community of Yuendumu are facing traditional punishment.


[Q&A] panel discussed Ken Wyatt changing his mind on supporting The Voice, The Uluru Statement from the Heart, Indigenous suicide prevention, the "walk out" group, the Prime Minister outlining the next steps to take for Indigenous recognition, and “Invasion Day” to refer to Australia Day dividing Australia.


When the British invaded the Australian continent in 1788, it ended a way of life that had existed for more than fifty thousand years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


In 1788 Britain legally claimed Australia to be terra nullius - a law whereby Indigenous Australians could not sell or assign land. The move dispossessed hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of their land, culture and spiritual connections. It also sparked a battle that would continue through generations and shape what Australia is today.


An overview covering the coming of the Europeans, wars, massacres, disease and dispossession, missions, reserves, racism, population decline, stolen children, political activism, land rights, native title and culture.

How have Indigenous issues been told in Australian media and what is Indigenous content? Stan Grant hosts this forum on Cultural Intelligence, which brings together media practitioners, academics, politicians, community advocates and commentators, and asks who can and should tell Indigenous stories.


Podcast | Uncle Jack Charles on finding family

Uncle Jack Charles is known as many things – an Indigenous activist, a survivor of the Stolen Generation, a former addict and a brilliant actor. The story of his life has been told many times, through documentary, memoir and theatre. Now, he is going on an incredible journey of self-discovery for the SBS show ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, where he traces his ancestry and reconnects with living family members.

He speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about his life, career, and the impact of finding family.


Key Terms

Compiled and created by Luciana Cavallaro February 2023