INDG40018 - Indigenous Australians: The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit not only provides students with a broad overview of the arts, humanities and social sciences, but it also assesses the valuable contribution made by Indigenous Australians to these fields of study. The unit is delivered in three modules, namely 'The Arts', 'The Humanities', and 'The Social Sciences'. Students will discover throughout the unit that these divisions are mainly for ease of unit delivery, and that there are often no clear distinctions between the arts and humanities, or between the humanities and the social sciences. The first module explores the Visual Arts, including painting and drawing, graphic arts and design, and film and photography; it then looks at the Creative Arts, which include dance, music, theatre, and writing. The second module, 'The Humanities', explores fields of study such as history, geography, cultural studies, languages, and literature studies. The final module examines social sciences, including psychology, sociology, law, philosophy, and social work. In each module, students will gain an understanding of traditional ways in which Indigenous Australians practiced the arts, humanities and social sciences; the impacts of colonisation and government policies on Indigenous cultures; and the contributions made by Indigenous Australians to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 25%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Appraise the indistinct boundaries, or overlaps, between the arts and humanities, and between the humanities and social sciences.
  2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of colonisation and government policies upon Indigenous Australian cultural activities, especially those associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  3. Evaluate the contribution made by Indigenous Australians, both historical and contemporary, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  4. Identify the various fields of study that are associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Self Management        
2. Communication
3. Information Literacy
4. Information Technology Competence        
5. Problem Solving  
6. Critical Thinking
7. Cross-Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical Practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Online Quiz(zes)    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorVincent Skinner (r.skinner@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to unit

Week 2 17-07-2017

The Arts - Visual arts and crafts


Week 3 24-07-2017

The Arts - Graphic arts, film and photography

Residential School from 24-28 July at Rockhampton North campus.
Week 4 31-07-2017

The Arts - Creative and performing arts

Week 5 07-08-2017

The Humanities - History

Written Assessment 1 Due Friday (11 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

The Humanities - Languages

Week 7 28-08-2017

The Humanities - Philosophy

Week 8 04-09-2017

The Social Sciences - Geography

Written Assessment 2 Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

The Social Sciences - Psychology


Week 10 18-09-2017

The Social Sciences - Sociology and Social Work

Week 11 25-09-2017

The Social Sciences - Political Studies/Political Science

Week 12 02-10-2017

Review of unit

Written Assessment 3 Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Online quizzes Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Contact Details

Coordinator: Dr Ross Skinner
Phone: (07) 4930 9251
Email: r.skinner@cqu.edu.au

Unit presentation

  • Student use of the unit website is required- this is provided using the CQUniversity learning management system (Moodle) which can be accessed through the MyCQU Student Portal: http://my.cqu.edu.au. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Helpdesk on 07 4930 9233 or 1300 666 620 (for the cost of a local call).
  • 10-12 hours of study per week of self-directed study
  • Student access to the Internet, email and residential schools is recommended for this unit, with the exception of those students in correctional centres.
  • Students are expected to follow a self-directed study schedule which meets the required deadlines.

Residential School

Residential School is a requirement of this unit. One Residential School will be held during the term – week 3 (24-28 July). During this school, group work, lectures, tutorials, presentations and individual tuition will be held.

Please also confirm your attendance by emailing tep@cqu.edu.au or telephoning Suellen Thomas on 1800 651 891.

Travel will be organised through Centrelink, and not TEP. If you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, it is important that you register with Centrelink/Abstudy at the earliest opportunity. Residential travel cannot be organised until the registration process has been completed. Please note that Abstudy needs 3 weeks’ notice of your intended travel. Abstudy will confirm your registration with us and then arrange travel for you. TEP will arrange your accommodation and meals. Abstudy will notify you of your travel details and so it is important that your contact details are up to date. Contact TEP urgently if something at the last moment prevents you attending.

Unit Website

The unit website is offered through the learning management system, Moodle. You should find this website easy to use. Consequently, you will need access to the internet. If the learning management system Moodle is temporarily unavailable when you need to submit an assessment item, you can send your assessment by email to your unit coordinator.

Computer (including software) requirements

Access to a computer is necessary. If you can regularly get to a CQUniversity campus, you can use the computers there. If you cannot get to a campus, it is best to have your own computer. You may also be able to use a computer at your local Queensland Open Learning Study Centre or your local library. Internet access is necessary so you can access the unit website. Microsoft Office software is preferred. Students in correctional centres do not require computer access.

Assessment Information

Assessments for this unit should be submitted electronically through Moodle. Students are required to keep back-up copies of all assessments. Please ensure that your assessment conforms to the applicable formatting guide.
To submit electronically, the assessment should be saved in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office and submitted via the Learning Management System (Moodle).

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 1
Task Description

Written Essay - 25%

Choose ONE topic from the list below or negotiate an alternative topic with your Unit Coordinator, and write a 700-1000 word academic essay.

  1. Through the use of Aboriginal Australian artwork, briefly explain the changes in Indigenous art from pre-colonisation to the present. Students are encouraged to make use of images of photos of Aboriginal artwork throughout the assessment.
  2. This assessment requires you to review a film with an Indigenous Australian theme. You may choose one of the films from the study guide for Week 3, or you may choose your own. Critically review the film by examining its effectiveness in demonstrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experience.
  3. Research and write a short biography about an Indigenous writer, dancer, musician or actor that you admire. Please note, you must only base your biographical essay on only one of these choices.

Consider how passionate you may be about your topic and remember that you must write objectively and without emotion. You will need to research widely and reference accurately. You should include at least 4-6 sources in your reference list, but more is always better. However, credit will be given to students who use additional materials (photos or images etc.) which are correctly cited in the paper (using the Harvard system).

Remember that this is an academic essay and so should be properly presented with a cover page, an introduction, the body of the essay (or the main discussion), a conclusion, and a reference list. Use 1.5 or double line spacing and a clear font such as Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing your essay

Academic content

• Evidence of research

• Demonstration of understanding of topic

• Originality

• Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

• Logical organisation of ideas and arguments

• Clarity of expression, avoidance of grammatical errors, correct use of words

• Accuracy and fairness in representing the views discussed

• Formality of style

Referencing skills

• Use of academic sources

• Acknowledging of sources

• Meeting of the length requirements

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Appraise the indistinct boundaries, or overlaps, between the arts and humanities, and between the humanities and social sciences.

2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of colonisation and government policies upon Indigenous Australian cultural activities, especially those associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

3. Evaluate the contribution made by Indigenous Australians, both historical and contemporary, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

4. Identify the various fields of study that are associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2
Task Description

Written Essay - 25%

Choose ONE topic from the list below or negotiate an alternative topic with your Unit Coordinator, and write a 700-1000 word academic essay.

You will be expected to research your topic and reference accurately. You should include at least 4-6 sources in your reference list, but more is always better. Students are required to use the Harvard Style of referencing.

1. The anthropologist, WEH Stanner, observed that there has been what he called a 'Great Australian Silence' about the presence of Aborigines in our history; a kind of 'cult of forgetfulness'. Critically discuss this observation.

2. Choose an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language and discuss its historical context and its use (if used) in contemporary times. The language may be presently spoken, an endangered language, or an extinct language. You may wish to use examples of the language and explain how these translate into English. You may also wish to use an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community as an example.

3. What are the basic beliefs in Western philosophy and worldview? How do these differ from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worldviews? Can these philosophies by reconciled?

Remember that this is an academic essay and so should be properly presented with a cover page, an introduction, the body of the essay (or the main discussion), a conclusion, and a reference list. Use 1.5 or double line spacing and a clear font such as Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing your essay

Academic content

• Evidence of research

• Demonstration of understanding of topic

• Originality

• Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

• Logical organisation of ideas and arguments

• Clarity of expression, avoidance of grammatical errors, correct use of words

• Accuracy and fairness in representing the views discussed

• Formality of style

Referencing skills

• Use of academic sources

• Acknowledging of sources

• Meeting of the length requirements

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Appraise the indistinct boundaries, or overlaps, between the arts and humanities, and between the humanities and social sciences.

2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of colonisation and government policies upon Indigenous Australian cultural activities, especially those associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

3. Evaluate the contribution made by Indigenous Australians, both historical and contemporary, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

4. Identify the various fields of study that are associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 3
Task Description

Written Essay - 25%

Choose ONE topic from the list below or negotiate an alternative topic with your Unit Coordinator, and write a 700-1000 word academic essay.

You will be expected to research your topic and reference accurately. You should include at least 4-6 sources in your reference list, but more is always better. Students are required to use the Harvard Style of referencing.

1. Choose a region to conduct a geographical study. You may choose to discuss either the physical geography of the region OR the social geography. You may choose to investigate an area of interest to you, such as Country, the region in which you now reside, or anywhere else. The choice is yours. Students are encouraged to supplement their essay with maps and/or diagrams if possible.

2. Discuss the rising numbers of Indigenous psychologists in Australia, especially since the 1990s. How are Indigenous psychologists able to fill a gap in mainstream psychology? You may wish to refer to the readings and timeline in your Moodle unit for Week 9.

3. Discuss the important role of social workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Would greater numbers of Indigenous social workers make a difference to the social disadvantage suffered by most Indigenous Australians? What is the relationship like between Indigenous social workers and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)?

4. Examine the political representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australian politics. Students will need to examine the history of political activism for Indigenous Australians. An alternative choice for this topic is for students to write a brief biography of an Indigenous Australian politician.

Remember that this is an academic essay and so should be properly presented with a cover page, an introduction, the body of the essay (or the main discussion), a conclusion, and a reference list. Use 1.5 or double line spacing and a clear font such as Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing your essay

Academic content

• Evidence of research

• Demonstration of understanding of topic

• Originality

• Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

• Logical organisation of ideas and arguments

• Clarity of expression, avoidance of grammatical errors, correct use of words

• Accuracy and fairness in representing the views discussed

• Formality of style

Referencing skills

• Use of academic sources

• Acknowledging of sources

• Meeting of the length requirements

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Appraise the indistinct boundaries, or overlaps, between the arts and humanities, and between the humanities and social sciences.

2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of colonisation and government policies upon Indigenous Australian cultural activities, especially those associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

3. Evaluate the contribution made by Indigenous Australians, both historical and contemporary, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

4. Identify the various fields of study that are associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online quizzes
Task Description

The task associated with this assessment item is to complete the online quizzes during the term on the unit's Moodle website. These quizzes will be available in Weeks 4, 8 and 12, and each quiz will test the student's knowledge of unit material for the arts, humanities and social sciences respectively.


Each quiz will consist of fifteen(15) questions that are randomly selected from a question bank. Each quiz will be worth 8.33% of the total grade for the unit and the complete assessment of three quizzes will be worth 25% of the total grade. Although feedback will be given to students after each quiz, the final grade will not be shown until the end of term.


Points to note:

  • Students will be allowed two attempts at each quiz. The attempt with the highest grade will be accepted for assessment.
  • There will be no time limit on quizzes.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to the unit materials in order to obtain as many correct answers as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to attempt every quiz to obtain the maximum number of marks.
  • If students have technical problems with the quiz, they should contact the unit coordinator or TASAC as soon
    as possible.
Number of Quizzes 3
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Marking criteria:

  • Students are marked according to number of correct responses for each quiz
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Appraise the indistinct boundaries, or overlaps, between the arts and humanities, and between the humanities and social sciences.

2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of colonisation and government policies upon Indigenous Australian cultural activities, especially those associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

3. Evaluate the contribution made by Indigenous Australians, both historical and contemporary, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

4. Identify the various fields of study that are associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence



Engagement

This unit will help students who are contemplating undergraduate studies in the future and are seeking an introduction to the academic processes of critical reading, writing and analysis. It is expected that students will find the unit particularly relevant due to the focus on Indigenous peoples, education and cultures and this attribute of the unit aligns well with the University’s theme of improving engagement with a diverse student cohort. It is also expected that persons returning to study as mature age students will also find the unit relevant, as it will provide a less academically rigorous re-entry point and this attribute of the unit aligns well with the University theme of improving engagement with mature age students. It is also expected that students in correctional facilities will find the course relevant as they will not be excluded on the grounds they cannot attend the compulsory Residential School. Such students will be permitted to make submissions via post, and this attribute aligns well with the University theme of improving engagement with socio-economically or otherwise disadvantaged students.

Graduate Attributes

The unit includes aspects of self and peer assessment. Collaboration is an important skill for students in higher education to develop enhanced and improved personal reading and writing skills, which are well aligned with the University’s graduate attribute of teamwork and career aspirations.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

There is a priority focus in TEP's units to ensure that Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and practices are comprehensively embedded in the unit curriculum and in all of the learning outcomes. All of the learning activities and assessment tasks are aimed at gaining and demonstrating an understanding of various perspectives and practices associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, both historic and contemporary. Indigenous authors will be sourced from both Australia and internationally. The unit will also include cultural issues and protocols relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

The unit will include international authors and content and the unit will be conducted in the international language of English. At various times, comparative analyses will be conducted between Australian Indigenous and international perspectives.

Sustainability

With the advent of new technology, this distance unit is to be delivered via e-technology in a Moodle site. This maintains sustainability for the environment and its participants.

Work Related Learning

This unit will provide students with study skills, time management and an understanding of university structures, policies and procedures, thus preparing them to enter into further higher education units to achieve their educational and career goals.

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