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Race, Culture, Indigeneity and the Politics of Disadvantage

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Social Services Non-Award Professional Development


Race, Culture, Indigeneity and the Politics of Disadvantage

Partner Faculty

Faculty of Arts


  • Are you interested in the political context of Indigenous disadvantage?

  • Are you ever confused or frustrated by the complexity of Indigenous affairs?

  • Would you benefit from a range of theoretical tools that would help you negotiate complex issues?


Indigenous affairs presents a complex and challenging work environment. Most non-indigenous people working in Indigenous affairs hope to empower Indigenous communities to solve their own problems. However, they often worry they may be imposing solutions on communities and repeating the mistakes of the past.

Cultural competence courses offer non-Indigenous people a way to resolve these fears, but these courses can sometimes cause as many problems as they solve. Rather than focusing on Indigenous culture, this course aims to change the way participants think about Indigenous affairs.

Drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines, the course explores how cultural and racial identities are formed and how knowledge about Indigenous disadvantage is constructed over time. These skills are the building blocks of reflexive anti-racism.

Using interactive exercises, case studies and small group work, theories and debates are illustrated with real-life problems and a variety of print and electronic resources. Through building reflexive anti-racism, non-indigenous people can more effectively promote positive change in Indigenous affairs.

Who Should Apply

This course has been designed as a professional development activity for those in research, policy or service delivery roles within Indigenous health, social work, education, community development and related areas.

Teaching Team

Associate Professor Yin Paradies, Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne. BSc NTU, MMedStats Newcastle, MPH UC Berkeley, PhD Melb

Dr Emma Kowal, ARC Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne. MBBS Melb, BA(Hons) Melb, Grad Cert ATSI Studies NTU, PhD Melb

Delivery Mode

Face to face


University College

40 College Crescent

Parkville VIC 3052

Delivery Dates

and Times

9.00am - 4.30pm

14th & 15th May 2014


$725 + plus GST ($797.50) in 2014

Fee Inclusions

Course materials and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

Course brochure

Course brochure


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