• Class Number 4217
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
    • Maria Ibari Ortega Dominguez
SELT Survey Results

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By participating fully in this course you should expect the following out comes:
  1. An understanding of the public debates and reporting of issues in Indigenous affairs in Australia and an ability to deconstruct them
  2. An understanding of the nature of the diverse Indigenous social orders in Australia
  3. An understanding of the anthropological debates around the concepts of culture and tradition and how these relate to Indigenous affairs
  4. An understanding of the complexities of policy making in this area and why achieving positive outcomes is often difficult
  5. An understanding of the nature of the Australian state and its significance for understanding Indigenous affairs


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • verbal feedback in classes and in consultation
  • written feedback on assessment items

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Culture, social justice and colonialism: Reinventing Wheels and we don't need a map.
2 The meaning of NUMBERS
3 Themes 1: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
4 Themes 2: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
5 Themes 3: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society Assessment 2
6 Themes 4: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
7 Themes 5: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
8 Themes 6: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
9 Themes 7: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
10 Themes 8: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
11 Themes 9: Interactive engagement on Indigenous Life and Society
12 Course conclusion and final discussion

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation and leading tutorial discussion 15 % 26/02/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Journal 25 % 28/03/2019 15/04/2019 1,2,3,4,5
5,500 word essay or two 3000 word essays 60 % 01/06/2019 30/06/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 26/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Participation and leading tutorial discussion

Tutorials will have two components for 15%: (a) general participation and (b) responsibility for leading the discussion of one week’s readings using powerpoint for no more than 15 minutes.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 28/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Journal 25%. The idea of the journal is to make you aware of the frequency and nature of the reporting on Aboriginal issues in the newspapers. The Journal should be kept from week 4-6 inclusive (i.e. 3 weeks) and take the form of a commentary on a news report from each of these weeks. For each week I expect 300 words of commentary accompanied by a copy of the newspaper report. Tutorial journals will not be judged on elaborate formatting; what I will be looking for is critical engagement with the issues raised by the cutting, particularly in the light of issues raised in the course. Don’t just summarise the newspaper report. The journal needs to be clearly and chronologically organized. They will be returned. This must be submitted by 5pm on 28 th March 2019

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 01/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

5,500 word essay or two 3000 word essays

There will be a choice between a 5500 word essay or two shorter ones, either from a topic set by me or from a topic of your choice (but you must first clear the topic of your choice with me. I will not accept essays written on topics that have not been cleared with me first).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.


Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Yasmine Musharbash

Research Interests

Dr Yasmine Musharbash

Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Dr Yasmine Musharbash

Research Interests

Dr Yasmine Musharbash

Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Maria Ibari Ortega Dominguez

Research Interests

Maria Ibari Ortega Dominguez

Tuesday 15:00 16:00

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