Research has shown the importance of including a graduate attribute relating to Indigenous knowledge, culture and values, to a University's graduate attribute policy.
Curtin has embedded aspects of Indigenous cultural competency principles in its Graduate Attributes.
Graduate Attribute 8
Cultural understanding - which highlights that Curtin students must have an awareness of cultural and human diversity. This means having the knowledge, skills and attitudes to care and provide for all people, including Indigenous Australians and others of diverse cultural backgrounds.
As part of Curtin's commitment to Indigenous cultural competency, the University has produced policies and procedures to support staff and students.
Indigenous Terms of Reference are a set of protocols that ensure Indigenous knowledge, experience and values are respected and worked with during an Indigenous project or decision making process.
It defines the roles and protocols for Indigenous practitioners, non-Indigenous practitioners and other stakeholders.
In some programs run by Curtin, ITR makes up one of the core teaching areas, for eg, the Indigenous Community Management and Development programs and Indigenous Community Health program.
Curtin University is a multicultural campus where staff and students are increasingly exposed to persons from other cultures, making it an ideal environment with the potential to increase understanding and eliminate conflict.
The University is committed to Indigenous education and culture and is focused on the development of cultural competencies in the University's staff and student populations. It is also commited to assist the organisation to navigate what it means to be culturally competent and implement it into practice.
The University strives to:
Curtin is committed to:
Curtin University has the highest number of Indigenous students of any university in Australia.
The Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) was established in the mid 1983 and aspires to contribute to positive social change for Indigenous Australians. The Centre is managed by Indigenous staff and offers a range of courses, programs and support services for Aboriginal people.
The Centre aims to:
One of Curtin's initiatives as part of the RAP is to implement plans for the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in some of its undergraduate courses and postgraduate coursework. The University requires that these knowledge and perspectives are embedded in the aims, learning outcomes and delivery of courses and programs, where relevant.
The Teaching & Learning tab in this guide contain more information and ideas on indigenising the curriculum.
Curtin is commited to the use of appropriate Aboriginal protocols and ceremonies as a way of promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal culture. The University: