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

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations, including sustainability (4.3)
  • Synthesise knowledge of the rights and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in relation to business practice (5.2)

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 attributes:

  • Attitudes and values
  • Business practice oriented skills

This subject also contributes specifically to develop the following Program Learning Objectives:

  • 4.3 Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations, including sustainability
  • 5.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the rights and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in relation to business principles

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: Poster and Presentation (group and individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 40%

1000 words


Part 1 (a) Assessment criteria

Presentation structure: e.g. creative, engaging and persuasive poster design targeted at encouraging business and the Indigenous community to participate in sustainable redevelopment of the area (13%)
Evidence of collaborative approach by the presentation team (7%)

Part 1 (b) Assessment criteria

Convincing selection of suitable business and other organisations that would address above requirements (10%)
Persuasive, high impact use of visuals such as video or power point to support your argument about potential for sustainable redevelopment of Redfern (10%)

Assessment task 2: Research report (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

4.3 and 5.2

Weight: 60%

2000 words

  1. Critical analysis and review: clear articulation of how to identify and evaluate suitable business and organisations whose shift to the Redfern area would promote its sustainable redevelopment, while building networks and engaging the Indigenous community (30%)
  2. Report structure: e.g. clear and appropriate report structure, appropriate headings, report presentation - e.g. use of tables, visuals and formatting (10%)
  3. Evidence you have addressed lecturer feedback (10%)
  4. Clear written expression and referencing: appropriate to purpose and audience (i.e. an academically persuasive report written for a managerial audience). You should ensure that the report has accurate grammar, a professional tone that it is authoritative and concise (i.e. don’t use 1000 words where 100 will do), and appropriate paragraphing (10%)

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