- Class Number 7725
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Mary Spiers Williams
- Dr Ben Silverstein
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course focuses on First Peoples' perspectives on experiences since the British commenced colonisation of this place. Students develop understanding and insights into some of the diverse perspectives, ways of knowing and being, and experiences of First Peoples since colonisation across this continent, its islands and seas. In this course, we will focus on selected significant events, reflect on the resilience and agency of First Peoples until now, and learn more about the contemporary context of First Peoples' resurgence. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the lived reality of First Peoples' rights in Australia, and reflect upon this in a global content. This is an introductory course in Australian Indigenous Studies that centre First Peoples' diverse perspectives and that critically engages with scholarly and popular narratives about key events.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an informed understanding of First Peoples' experiences since colonisation commenced in the context of Australian Aboriginal and Islander history, perspectives, and continuing cultures and traditions that are taught in the course;
- analyse the ways in which history, culture, policy and discourse affect First Peoples' experiences and rights in Australia;
- analyse Australian First Peoples' experiences and rights in the context of the global movement for Indigenous rights;
- demonstrate knowledge of and insight into key concepts, themes and perspectives that are taught in the course; and
- demonstrate knowledge of and insight into key methodologies that are taught in this course, including research practices and ongoing self-reflective practice.
While the Covid19 pandemic persists, there will be no curricular field trips or excursions. We encourage students to engage with local events in the Country you are in, and will let you know about some online experiences that become possible.
Examination Material or equipment
Students must have good access to the internet and a reliable computer to complete assessment tasks, including any take-home examination.
Students must be able to access the internet and have use of a computer to join access class materials, join classes and complete assessment tasks. Students must have a working camera turned on during workshops. All readings and materials will be accessible via links from the wattle site to library resources, including written, audio and visual materials.
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments,
- verbal comments, and
- feedback to whole class.
There may also be feedback given to students in groups, individuals, focus groups.
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.
This course is one of two courses that introduce students to Indigenous Studies. A key purpose of this course is to create an opportunity to learn more about key issues that concern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, and to develop insight in First Peoples' perspectives on social injustices many experience and how these have arisen.
In this course we will move through topics that have been designed to inform you about some of the issues that concern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We will move through time and across place, to examine themes and develop insight into the experiences and perspectives of First Peoples in different parts of Australia. Throughout the course we emphasise the knowledge-sharing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, whether that be through scholarly articles, documentaries, artwork or other forms of expression. From time to time we will be joined by guests I've invited to speak with us about social justice issues in which they are involved. I hope that this will bring to our course different perspectives that will alert you to the range and complexity of issues with which we are faced - but also some fundamentally simple messages that seem to be consistent across the continent.
I hope that by the end of this course you will have more information, different perspectives and greater insight about some of the adversities that confront many communities in Australia, and developed skills to advance your knowledge and insights beyond this course.
|Summary of Activities
|The idea of 'rights'
|Each week: reflection due, annotated bibliography entry due, and class participation.
|'Colonialism' and its ongoing relevance
|Resistance to and resilience in the face of intervention, control and appropriation
|Truth-telling, history and international human rights
|Recognition and self-determination
|Structures, systems and discrimination
|Ways of seeing and ways of knowing: the impact on rights
|Government inquiries into First Peoples experiences
|Final Take-home examination
Registration for workshops is via the Course wattle site.. Reigstration opens one week before the commencement of the semester. Workshops start in week 1 and are compulsory.
|Portfolio of weekly reflections
|1, 2, 4, 5
|Mid-semester take-home examination
|1, 2, 3, 4
|Final take-home examination
|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
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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
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
Students participate in the course by engaging with the weekly lecture, preparing for each class, and joining and participating in the weekly workshop, and then reflecting on the course and your experience each week. When participating in the course, you have an opportunity to demonstrate your preparation and knowledge of course materials. Completion of this task requires participation (in person and/or online) in at least ten workshops. More details about the task will be released on wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4
This task is designed to encourage students to develop good research habits, thorough knowledge of course readings, develop ongoing insights, and support the students in the completion of the take home examination
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5
Portfolio of weekly reflections
The weekly reflections provide students with an opportunity to develop skills in reflective writing and written expression. These tasks create a disciplined framework for regular review of class materials, to recognise the role of emotion and perspective in our learning experiences, and to facilitate students’ preparation for the other assessment tasks. This ongoing task support students, particularly as some material in this course can be uncomfortable and may be distressing.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-semester take-home examination
This task allows students an opportunity to deepen knowledge of a selected topic, develop analystical skills through writing. Students must engage with content and perspectives taught in this course. This task is an examination of the course's content to date.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final take-home examination
This task allows students an opportunity to deepen knowledge of a selected topic, develop analytical skills through writing, and learn how to research relevant material. Students must engage with content and perspectives taught in this course. This task is an examination of the course's content to date.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
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) submission must be through Turnitin.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. 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.
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.
Assessment tasks are returned within three weeks of submission. The exception to this is the final assessment task which is returned with the final grade.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Indigenous social justice, Impacts of State laws on First Peoples, esp Criminal law and related legal and bureaucratic systems,
Mary Spiers Williams