This unit aims to introduce students to a range of issues facing indigenous peoples in various parts of the world, and to a variety of ideas and points of view in response to these issues. Students will be introduced to skills, ideas and techniques that equip them for cross-cultural work.

Unit code: DA8002W (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Describe a range of perspectives held by Indigenous peoples, and articulate issues from an insider perspective before, and as well as, critiquing them.


Use both emic and etic approaches in critiquing cultural issues related to Indigenous contexts.


Articulate and describe key issues affecting indigenous peoples from both a cultural and theological perspective


Develop a contextually appropriate solution to one of the identified issues.


Face to Face: Introductory sessions at Symposium. Attendance at last day of Remagining Home Conference Online: Discussions on reading material and Symposium sessions. Possible use of online video material as needed.

Indicative Bibliography

Bibliography for NAIITS Special Topics: Indigenous Symposium Seminar

  • Fixico, Donald L., The American Indian Mind in a Linear World, New York: Routledge, 2003
  • Rainbow Spirit Elders. Rainbow spirit theology: Towards an Australian aboriginal theology. Victoria: HarperCollinsReligious, 1997
  • Rynkiewich, Michael., Soul, Self and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011
  • Salzman, Philip Carl and Patricia C. Rice, Thinking Anthropologically: A Practical Guide for Students. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2011
  • Stonechild, Blair, The New Buffalo: The struggle for Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education in Canada. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2006.
  • Woodley, Randy S., Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Face to face sessions during Symposium 1500 words

1500 15.0

2000 word essay

2000 50.0

Pre and post course reading report 1500 words

1500 15.0

Online forum interactions 1000 words

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Mar, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-31 07:59:30 +1000