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ISE2000 Reconciliation from Policy to Practice

Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: Reconciliation Policy-Practice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090311 - Indigenous Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Cally Jetta

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Reconciliation processes have informed Nation States’ relationships with its Indigenous peoples; for example, South Africa and Canada. In Australia, reconciliation has shown to be a sometimes-contentious process because basic human rights of Indigenous Australians remain largely unacknowledged. This course is designed to facilitate the process of interpreting policy and making the intentions behind them practicable in the workplace. Students will gain further investigate how an interrogation of policy and self can lead to improved workplace practice and outcomes.


This course focuses on policy, particularly policy that is designed to bring First Nations and non-native peoples together. An analysis of policies, existing and historical will be broken down to why do they exist and what do they hope to achieve and how can we achieve that outcome. Questions of what is reconciliation, the historical context around reconciliation and the development of Aboriginal protocols and how they are applied to black/white relationships will be explored. An analysis of historical and contemporary contexts will be translated into ways that policy can be practically applied and continually reviewed.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. examine Australian policy in relation to Reconciliation.
  2. plan a small Reconciliatory project.
  3. identify and examine protocols in working with Aboriginal peoples.
  4. analyse Australian policy development including the Stolen Generations, Reconciliation Policy and the Apology.
  5. analyse and apply policy from a layer of government (Federal, State, local) and apply at a localised, professional workplace level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Apology 20.00
2. Reconciliation then and now 20.00
3. Project planning 20.00
4. Policy and its impact 20.00
5. Protocols in practice 20.00

Text and Materials

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Calma, T 2016, Reconciliation Australia, viewed 01 December 2016,
Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991 (Cwlth)
(Accessible online.)
Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwlth)
(Accessible online.)
Australian Human Rights Commission.1997. Report of the National Enquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families.
(Accessible online).
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. 2008. Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples. Parliament of Australia, House of Representatives.
(Accessible online).
University of Southern Queensland 2015, USQ Reconciliation Action Plan, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Oxfam 2015, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols, viewed 01 December 2016,
Read, P, Meyers, G & Reece, B 2006, What good condition?: reflections on an Australian aboriginal treaty 1986–2006, ANU Press, Canberra.
Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission & Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 2003, Treaty : let's get it right! : a collection of essays from ATSIC's treaty think tank and authors commissioned by AIATSIS on treaty issues, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT.
First Australians 2008, SBS.
Prime Minister Paul Keating. 1992. Redfern Speech. (Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples). Redfern Park.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 105.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 30 18 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 35 35 13 Oct 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 35 35 21 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

  2. ISE2000 supports student learning by using teaching methods and course content to ensure students gain skills in all Level 2 attributes, with particular focus on those identified in the skill assessment table and more broadly in the Assignment Matrix (above).

Other Requirements

  1. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students shall adhere to non-racist and non-sexist language in the classroom and sexist activities.

  4. Students need to regularly engage within the classroom or virtual classroom lectures and participate throughout the semester.

Date printed 8 November 2021