Annually, the NAIITS learning community comes together in its symposium to explore topics of interest to the wider Indigenous community. As part of the NAIITS coursework sequence, each student will be expected to participate in at least two (2) symposiums units undertake collateral reading and assignments as directed by the faculty, to integrate the symposium topics into their program of study integrate the symposium topics into their program of study & experience. 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. The unit will culminate in the development, analysis and presentation of a personal and local application that could be applied to an environment that is familiar to each individual student.

Unit code: DA8002W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

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

  • Archibald, Linda. Decolonization and healing: Indigenous experiences in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Greenland. Canberra: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2006.
  • Bergin, Helen, and Susan Smith. Land and Place: Spiritualities from Aotearoa New Zealand = He Whenua, He W*Ahi. Auckland, N.Z.: Accent Publications, 2004.
  • Fixico, Donald L. The American Indian Mind in a Linear World, New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Grieves, Vicki. Aboriginal spirituality: Aboriginal philosophy, the basis of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. Vol. 9. Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, 2009.
  • Miller, Robert J. Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Rainbow Spirit Elders. Rainbow spirit theology: Towards an Australian aboriginal theology. Victoria: Harper Collins Religious, 1997.
  • Rynkiewich, Michael. Soul, Self and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011.
  • Treat, James. Indigenous and Christian: Indigenous Voices on Religious Identity. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 1996.
  • 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 Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 16:20:58 +1100