University of Technology Sydney

21065 Government, Community and Organisations (Project)

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level: Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject formalises and expands students' knowledge of governments and the relationships between the community and organisations. This encompasses an understanding of organisations, advocacy and social change, and the role of government and regulations.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Explain the inter-relationships between government, community and organisations
2. Evaluate organisation structures and apply principles of sustainable value creation
3. Describe from a critical perspective the relationships of the Indigenous manager with government and organisations
4. Evaluate and communicate the role of the Indigenous manager as an advocate for the community

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The main aim of the project subject is to enable students to synthesise their learning throughout the managing organisations module. The subject requires students to demonstrate the ability to understand the various structures of organisations. Apply the principles of sustainable value creation to the changing business environment for Indigenous people.

This subject contributes to developing the following graduate attribute(s):

  • Professional and technical competence

This subject also contributes specifically to develop the following Program Learning Objective(s):

  • Critically reflect on the experience, contributions, values and perspectives of Indigenous people and their implications in business and management (4.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is presented by means of collaborative face-to-face sessions as well as online learning. Essential principles from subjects in Module 4 are related to real life challenges facing indigenous communities in Australia. Students are guided through a collaborative, research-based approach to develop creative solutions to these challenges. Guest lecturers provide content depth and examples from contemporary business practice. Students are expected to engage with provided online learning material in order to prepare for block teaching sessions and to address assignment requirements.

Content (topics)

  • The role of “power and politics” in organisations
  • The role of interaction between government, community and organisations in contributing to addressing Sustainable Development Goals
  • The debate over the incorporation of community organisations as part of the welfare state and the consequences for Indigenous managers.
  • Government law and policy and its effects on Indigenous Australians


Assessment task 1: Presentation (30% Group and 10% Individual)*


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 40%

15-minute presentation plus 5 minutes questions


The group criteria used to assess student performance include:

  • Adequate information and categorisation of organisational characteristics
  • Critical comparison of the two organisations highlighting features that would better enable needs of relevant Indigenous communities to be met
  • Presentation structure: e.g. clear and appropriate slides structure, appropriate headings, legible presentation (e.g. use of visuals)

Individual: Peer review of group task

*Note: Late submission of the assessment task will not be marked and awarded a mark of zero.

Assessment task 2: Final Report (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 60%

2000 words


The criteria used to assess student performance includes:

  • Definition of terms: definition of sustainable development, such as according to Sustainable Development Goals or other yardsticks dealt with in the course, such as Sustainability Phase Model; definition of partnership or collaboration as appropriate; definition of any organisational role that is specified
  • Analysis: Provision of case examples that show how the two can partner or collaborate to address sustainable development
  • Analysis: Provision of case examples that show how different organisational roles such as that of the Indigenous manager, community coordinator etc, can encourage community engagement and advocate for sustainable development as it relates to the needs of Indigenous communities
  • Presentation: correct grammar, spelling, syntax and referencing, as well as professional formatting and layout of the business-style proposal

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.


  1. Altman, J. C. (2009). Beyond closing the gap: Valuing diversity in Indigenous Australia. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU.
  2. Austin?Broos, D. (2011). The Politics of Difference and Equality: Remote Aboriginal Communities, Public Discourse, and Australian Anthropology. Transforming Anthropology, 19(2), 139-145.
  3. Carey, M. (2004) From Whiteness to Whitefella: Challenging White Race Power in Australia. BALAYI: Culture, Law and Colonialism – Volume 6: Aboriginal Studies Press
  4. Behrendt, Larissa (2003). Achieving social justice : Indigenous rights and Australia's future. Federation Press, Annandale, N.S.W
  5. Cook, I. (2004) Government and Democracy in Australia: Oxford University Press