The purpose of this written assignment is to demonstrate your learning and understanding of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people's Country, their culture, including social organisation, dreaming stories, boundaries, totems, festivals, and their relationships and connections to Country by examining the topics presented in Weeks 1–7 of the Moodle unit site. It is important to demonstrate your knowledge about the Aboriginal Nation and Country where you live or work; or that has significant meaning to you. Possible inclusion of Name of the Country/ (nation), its boundaries, the people and their language; protocols; Kinship and social organisation of the nation eg. family clan groups, skin names, systems; Dreaming stories and sites, totems, food sources, tools, housing, and clothing; Festivals, gatherings or ceremonies; art symbols and style, astrology beliefs; and Identify foods and medicines associated to that particular Country. The use of appropriate terminology is considered highly important.
The essay topic is below:
Based on what you have learnt describe Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander social organisation, belief systems including identity, creation stories etc. and how the 'old ways' influence their contemporary identity and lifestyles and discuss how the land is a central element of both.
The structure for your assignment should include Cover and Criteria sheet, Title, Introduction and Conclusion. Sub headings are optional along with inclusion of additional materials (photos, maps, images etc) correctly cited in the paper (using the Harvard system) will add to the mark and the total number of references should be at least six, but more is always better.
Word length: 2000 words. Weight: 40%
Students will be assessed on the following criteria -
Content: Presentation and Development: of main points and discussion/ approach relevant to the question and use of appropriate terminology. Use of key concepts: from the unit relevant to the learning outcomes. Introduction: state aims, purpose, structure and background of the paper. Breadth of reading: a minimum of SIX references. Analysis of major findings: examples and supporting evidence addressing the identified topics within the assessment task . Conclusion: Coming to a final position on the topic with overview and summary of main points/ arguments in paper; and
Presentation: Attention to Grammar and Spelling: including paragraph structure and clarity of expression. Legibility and Format: line spacing, font, margins, style, etc. Word count: (10% either side of word limit).