• Class Number 5931
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
SELT Survey Results

Pre-invasion Indigenous cultures have long been seen as the social, economic and ecological prototype of the hunting and gathering way of life. The aim of this course is to convey a basic anthropological understanding of the customary or ‘traditional’ practices and beliefs as they were at the threshold of colonisation and to critically engage with representations while respecting First Peoples' insights and perspectives. We will focus on relationality, and in particular the multiple ways in which connectivity underpins Indigenous worldviews. Exploring these issues also means exploring the intellectual struggles non-Indigenous people have had and continue to have to come to terms with Indigenous societies and cultures, as well as understanding why and how Indigenous social and cultural practices capture the scholarly imagination.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an informed understanding of the complexities of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions prior to invasion and their continuities in a colonising context;
  2. appreciate the diversity of Indigenous societies and cultures prior to invasion and their continuities in a colonising context;
  3. describe some of the basic features of Indigenous economic, social and religious life and their interrelationships;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of selected fundamental concepts in anthropology and the debates around them; and
  5. demonstrate capacity to analyse public and scholarly debates and summarise findings and develop research habits.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 (and weekly topics tbd, the ones below are indicative only)
2 The 'Dreaming' workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
3 Personhood workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
4 Kinship workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
5 Gender workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
6 Totemism workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3). Task 4 due.
7 Ritual workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
8 People, plants and animals workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
9 Water, wind and fire workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
10 Monsters workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
11 Death workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Annotated bibliography (Task 3).
12 Transformation workshop: participation and group work (Tasks 1 & 2). Task 5 due.

Tutorial Registration

you must register for workshops, please do so via Wattle. If you can only work asynchronously, please contact Yasmine directly to work out the arrangements.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Workshop Participation 10 % * 1,2,3,4,5
Group work 10 % * 1,2,3,4,5
Annotated Bibliography 10 % * 5
Take home exam 35 % 30/08/2021 1,2,3
Main Essay 35 % 01/11/2021 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Workshop Participation

The ANTH2005 weekly workshops are twice as long as standard tutorials (the lecture will be one hour long only). During workshops we will discuss the weekly readings, tackle issues delineated in the lecture, and conduct group work. Your participation mark will reflect the quality of your weekly contributions, with a focus on preparation, depth of understanding, analytic insights, and ability to make connections to other issues raised in the course. In order to complete this task, you must participate in a minimum of 8 workshops (unless excused or you made separate asycnhronous arrangements). Failure to complete this task will result in a zero mark for this task and the entire course and you will receive a grade of NCN.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Group work

Each weekly workshop will include group work elements where your group will be set a research assignment. Tasks on which the group will be assessed

include: innovative research, style of presentation, originality of insights, but also: how well you work together, divide tasks, lead and cooperate, give everyone a voice.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 5

Annotated Bibliography

This task is done over 10 weeks (weeks 2-11). Over the course of the semester students will create an annotated bibliography with ten entries. Each week, students will

submit to turnitin annotated bibliography entries for the required readings for that week (indicative length per entry 150-250 words) as part of their annotated bibliography. Entries must include a complete reference of the chosen reading, and a number of headings (EG key words, main arguments, questions, etc) with entries underneath. This task is designed to support you in preparing researching and writing the Essay Task. Students will receive 1 mark for each submission, weekly submission will close before the first workshop that week, and late submissions will not be accepted.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 30/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Take home exam

there will be a 48 hour 2,000 word take home exam in Week 6. options tbd.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 01/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Main Essay

This is a classical academic research-based essay of 3,000 words (plus references). Essay questions and a marking matrix will be posted on Wattle in Week 8, and will be

discussed in class. Question 1 will be to formulate your own question (with help from your lecturer) and you are encouraged to take this option. I encourage you to

identify an issue you'd like to research further early on and to discuss its potential as an essay topic with me. The issue must be with the purview of the course, and the

approach needs to be compatible with the ones employed in the course. A broad list of literature from which you can start your research will be provided on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

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.

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) 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

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.

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. 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.

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).

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