INDG19016 - Contemporary Indigenous Issues
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit students should be able to develop insights into the central issues facing Indigenous people in Australia today: political voice and representation; law and justice; health and housing; education; employment; the Stolen Generations; land rights; and cultural expression. Students should be able to place these issues within the context of history, social structure and race relations. Students examine recent controversies surrounding the history of race relations in Australia, and whether or not this history is relevant when examining the contemporary situation of Indigenous people. Students should be able to evaluate political debates and policies concerning Indigenous people and their relationship with non-Indigenous people.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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 1 - 2017
  • Distance

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 Undergraduate 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 30%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Written Assessment 20%

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.

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Evaluation

Term 2 - 2015: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 78% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Some content on Moodle appeared 'fragmented'. Student feedback in the Course Evaluation. Course lecturer to record short video presentations to explain and summarise weekly material, resources and activities.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Show insight into the key contemporary issues for Indigenous people in Australia today.
  2. Place these issues within the context of history, social structure and race relations.
  3. Evaluate political debates and policies concerning Indigenous people and their relationship with non-Indigenous people.
  4. Analyse questions of identity, voice and power in the representation of Indigenous people and issues.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

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)
  • Microsft 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 CoordinatorPamela Croft (p.croft@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 06-03-2017

Week 1: Controversies. An overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander occupancy of Australia and an examination of 'Terra Nullius' claimed by the British.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Week 2: History and Social Structure. An examination and critique of the experience of invasion and colonisation on Australia’s First Nations people. An investigation of the history wars and a critical analysis of how the colonial past of Australia is remembered.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Week 3: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Political participation & representation. An investigation into the Australian parliamentary strategies and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Written Academic Essay Assessment 1 Due Friday (24 Mar 17) 11:45 AM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

Week 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being. An investigation into the continuing social justice issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and trans generational trauma.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Week 5: Issues impacting on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being. An examination of 'Closing the gap', social & environmental determinants, the impact of chronic diseases, and Well-being principles and Practice. an exploration of theoretical and practical issues in the definition of health insights from Aboriginal Australia.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No Module.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Week 6: Law and social Justice Issues effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. An investigation into Housing and lifestyle, racism and incarceration. We examine the Deaths in Custody Report, 'Murri Court' and living with two Laws.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Week 7: Educational Issues effecting the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. We explore Aboriginal ways of learning, Western system and Educational curriculum, Educational expectations and support, Bilingual and Bothways/ Two ways methodology.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Week 8: Issues effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Employment. We examine the economy, business and entrepreneurs, Non-Government Organisation's and sustainable cultural community development.

Written Academic Report Assessment 2 Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 AM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Week 9: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Cultural Expression and economic contribution to Australia's economy. An exploration into the continuing growth of arts and cultural expression and cultural tourism.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Week 10: Issues effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples recognition and Treaty. An examination into the Australian government's reluctance to develop Treaties with and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Week 11: Reconciliation-Where to now? An examination of Australia's practical and symbolic reconciliation process from 1991 to 2017.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Week 12: Reflections on the unit and students understanding of Aboriginal Australia.

Written Academic Essay Assessment 3 Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Pamela CroftWarcon

Contacts: CQU telephone: 07 4930 6952 and email: p.croft@cqu.edu.au

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Academic Essay Assessment 1
Task Description

The purpose of this written assignment is to demonstrate your learning and understanding of the controversies that Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people have endured since invasion and colonisation of this continent. The use of appropriate terminology is considered highly important.

Select a controversy below and critically discuss:

1. Eddie Mabo's high court challenge of Terra Nullius to gain recognition of Torres Strait Islander land rights within the framework of Australia's law was another struggle for justice gained by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples against the continuing agenda about the invasion and settlement of Australia.

2. Are past injustices still relevant to the situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today or is using these past injustices simply part of a 'guilt industry' promoted by 'sectional interests' and their allied 'elites' in the academy?

3. Is Andrew Bolt a champion of 'free speech' by questioning the Aboriginal identity of light skinned, so-called Aborigines?

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: 1500 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (24-Mar-2017) 11:45 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria 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).

HD 85-100% D 75-84% C 65-74% P 50-64% F Below 50%
Written presentation engages fully with the question. Written presentation engages with the question. Written presentation engages mostly with the question. Written presentation engages with some aspects of the question. Written presentation lacks engagement with the question.
Sophisticated and insightful use of relevant and credible evidence. Excellent use of relevant and credible evidence. Comprehensive use of relevant and credible evidence. Superficial use of evidence. Minimal use of evidence.
The chosen genre is well presented. The written piece is professionally edited and presented. Ideas are clearly expressed. Language is manipulated in a sophisticated way. The chosen genre is well presented. The written piece is clearly edited and carefully presented. Ideas are clear. Language is skilfully manipulated. The chosen genre is well presented. The written piece is edited and well presented. Ideas are evident. Language is successfully manipulated. The writing is discernible despite errors in style and conventions. Some ideas are evident. Language used in a satisfactory way. The written response is sometimes discernible despite frequent errors in vocabulary, style and conventions.
Accurately uses the conventions of a recognised system of referencing. Uses elements of a recognised system of referencing. Uses few elements of a recognised system of referencing with frequent inaccuracies. Uses some elements of a recognised system of referencing. Uses few elements of a recognised system of referencing with frequent inaccuracies.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Harvard

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

1. Show insight into the key contemporary issues for Indigenous people in Australia today.

2. Place these issues within the context of history, social structure and race relations.

3. Evaluate political debates and policies concerning Indigenous people and their relationship with non-Indigenous people.

4. Analyse questions of identity, voice and power in the representation of Indigenous people and issues.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Academic Report Assessment 2
Task Description

The purpose of this written assignment report is to demonstrate your learning and understanding of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the impacts on their 'lived experience'.

Examine and critically analyse one of the following assertions made about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their engagement with Australia's mainstream majority:

1. The changes in the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait people and the British legal system since the introduction of the Aboriginal legal services including the development of 2-way customary and community law have not made any difference to First Nations peoples representation in the correctional system.

2. Initiatives of the Federal Government ensure that Aboriginal people get 'special privileges' in the area of Health and social services.

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 10, but more is always better. Word length: 3000 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You 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 TEN 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).

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Show insight into the key contemporary issues for Indigenous people in Australia today.

2. Place these issues within the context of history, social structure and race relations.

3. Evaluate political debates and policies concerning Indigenous people and their relationship with non-Indigenous people.

4. Analyse questions of identity, voice and power in the representation of Indigenous people and issues.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Academic Essay Assessment 3
Task Description

The purpose of this written assignment is to demonstrate your learning and understanding of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people's issues relating to Treaty, Reconciliation, 'lived experience' in Australia's society today.

Choose 1 of the following Essay Topics below and critically discuss:

1. Racial discrimination and racial hatred (vilification) legislation have not deterred racism in Australia.

2. It is easier for the Torres Strait Islanders to secede from the Commonwealth of Australia than it is for Aboriginal people to achieve self-government.

3. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generation did not go far enough. The Queen and the British Parliament should apologise for what occurred from 1770 - 1901 and apply pressure for the Australian government to develop a Treaty with Australia's First Nations people similar to that as the reigning monarch of Canada (Victoria, Edward VII or George V) from 1871 to 1921 established.

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 ten, but more is always better. Word length: 1000 words. Weight: 20%

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

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).

HD 85-100% D 75-84% C 65-74% P 50-64% F Below 50%
Written presentation engages fully with the question. Written presentation engages with the question. Written presentation engages mostly with the question. Written presentation engages with some aspects of the question. Written presentation lacks engagement with the question.
Sophisticated and insightful use of relevant and credible evidence. Excellent use of relevant and credible evidence. Comprehensive use of relevant and credible evidence. Superficial use of evidence. Minimal use of evidence.
The writing accords closely with the style and conventions of the chosen genre. The written piece is professionally edited and presented. Ideas are clearly expressed. Language is manipulated in a sophisticated way. The writing accords, for the most part with the style and conventions applicable to the chosen genre. The written piece is clearly edited and carefully presented. Ideas are clear. Language is skilfully manipulated. The chosen genre is well presented. The written piece is edited and well presented. Ideas are evident. Language is successfully manipulated. The writing is discernible despite errors in style and conventions. Some ideas are evident. Language used in a satisfactory way. The written response is sometimes discernible despite frequent errors in vocabulary, style and conventions.
Accurately uses the conventions of a recognised system of referencing. Uses elements of a recognised system of referencing. Uses few elements of a recognised system of referencing with frequent inaccuracies. Uses some elements of a recognised system of referencing. Uses few elements of a recognised system of referencing with frequent inaccuracies.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Show insight into the key contemporary issues for Indigenous people in Australia today.

2. Place these issues within the context of history, social structure and race relations.

3. Evaluate political debates and policies concerning Indigenous people and their relationship with non-Indigenous people.

4. Analyse questions of identity, voice and power in the representation of Indigenous people and issues.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Engagement

This unit will provide you with knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples issues in contemporary Australia. Relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols and appropriate terminology is included. It is expected that you will find the unit particularly relevant due to the focus on Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Australian peoples and cultures which aligns well with the university’s theme of improving engagement with a diverse student cohort.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

This unit has a primary focus on Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues that continue to impact on their 'lived experience'. Embedded into the unit curriculum and in all of the learning outcomes are knowledges, perspectives and practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures. It also investigates the struggles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have endured since invasion and colonisation including cultural issues, protocols and appropriate terminology relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in contemporary Australia.

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

The unit will provide students with an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultural identity. This knowledge will support you when applying for positions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and other areas of your career when communicating and with decision making on behave of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, participants and their communities. This unit will provide an understanding of cultural protocols, appropriate terminology and ways to engage and communicate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities in this contemporary time.


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