• Class Number 4690
  • Term Code 3250
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic First Peoples’ Knowledges and Ways of Knowing
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Mary Spiers Williams
    • Mary Spiers Williams
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 10/07/2022
  • Class End Date 31/08/2022
  • Census Date 22/07/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 10/06/2022
SELT Survey Results

From time to time, we offer a unique course in a special topic in Australian Indigenous Studies (AuIS) or relevant to AuIS. Such a course may concern a special topic that primarily concerns another area of study in the broad field of global Indigenous Studies.

The course content will vary each time, as the field of AuIS develops and to reflect the interests and expertise of those teaching the course. A special topic may be taught by a visiting guest lecturer and/or our academic staff. On occasions, there may be opportunities for our students to have in-place learning experiences (that is, still on Country but away from the Acton campus). This course may be delivered intensively, semi-intensively or over a semester.   Information about these courses is posted on ANU's AuIS webpage and the AIS Community page on Wattle (current students and staff may join this community page).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe concepts and arguments arising from the field of Indigenous Studies;
  2. evaluate those concepts and arguments to a level consistent with the expectations of the field of study / discipline; and
  3. explain issues, arguments, and responses through written and/or oral form.

Research-Led Teaching

Greg Williams (Charles Darwin University) and Mary Spiers Williams (Australian National Unviersity) have spearheaded a collaboration between our universities. We aim to innovate the delivery of Australian Indigenous Studies by sharing our knowledge and experiences as teritary educators in Australian Indigenous Studies. At the centre of this is Country and the basic precepts and principles that flow from this. Determined to create space for First Peoples' knowledge-holders to share knowledge and to engender respect for our authority to do this, we developed this course grateful for the involvement of Indigenous educators whom we hold in esteem.

Greg is the Associate Dean Quality Initiatives in the College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts on Larrakia Country. He coordinates programmes within the Northern Institute. Greg's interests lie in exploring appropriate pedagogies in inter-cultural contexts, particularly for Indigenous people learning in the field of natural and cultural resource management, and issues related to knowledge-making in inter-cultural contexts.

Mary is Sub Dean for Indigenous Studies in the College of Arts and Social Science (CASS) and a lecturer in Law. She convenes the Australian Indigenous Studies Major, teaches numerous courses in Australian Indigenous Studies, and supports the CASS whole-of-curriculum initiative to advance all students' insights into First Peoples' knowledges and perspectives. Mary, whose grandmother was Darkenung, has connections with Warlpiri people, and has worked for Warlpiri people as their Law and Justice Projects Officer (that is, advocating for Warlpiri innovations in government services, especially in criminal justice and education, and reliance on First Law). This experience drives her to create spaces in tertiary institutions for First Peoples to reflect & share our knowledge & ways of knowing, & support First Peoples' desire that coloniser-settlers recognise and respect First Law and live by that law.

Field Trips

Students must travel to Darwin to join the course at Charles Darwin University and stay on campus near the classes.

During the month prior to arrival, students must complete preparatory tasks.

The in-person classes commence on Sunday 10 July 2022 evening and end on Friday15 July 2022 at lunchtime. The days between will go into the early evening.

Additional Course Costs

Students are responsible for the cost of travel to Darwin, accommodation (at International House, CDU), and related expenses. Financial assistance may be available to you from your home university or other places. ANU students can apply for travel grants. Click here: Financial support including travel grants.

Examination Material or equipment

Students must have good access to the internet and a reliable computer to complete assessment tasks.

Required Resources

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.
  • Webcam
  • 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

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written comments, verbal comments, and whole-of-class feedback. Feedback may be given to students in groups or focus groups, through class representatives (where relevant), or directly to individuals.

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.

Other Information

Special Topic Winter 2022 – First Peoples' knowledges and ways of knowing ('Indigenous Epistemologies')

This course offers students a unique learning experience. This course will be taught and lead by Indigenous senior knowledge holders, sharing with you their experiences, knowledge, stories and ways of knowing. In July 2022, we bring together Australian First Nations' teachers from our Colleges - including Yolngu, Noongar, Darkenung, Wiradjuri - to share First Peoples' knowledges and ways of knowing. This course is lead and designed by senior knowledge holders in collaboration with scholars in Australian Indigenous Studies.

This course is taught in person in Larrakia Country at the Casuarina Campus in Darwin. We are grateful and humbled to be hosted by Larrakia Academic-in-Residence, Aunty Bilawara Lee.

Offered for the first time, this course is the first in an exciting new collaboration between the ANU and Charles Darwin University. This course is the beginning of a series that is co-designed, co-taught by our educators from the Australian Indigenous Studies Portfolio in the College of Arts and Social Sciences (ANU) and College of Indigenous Futures (CDU). While this course may be offered in future, it will be unique each time. This is part of the First Peoples' Social Justice Initiative sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU.

This course is co-taught with Charles Darwin University, meaning that students from ANU and CDU will share the learning experiences. Administration, assessment and other matters is supported by the insitution in which they are enrolled, that is, Greg for CDU students and Mary for ANU students.

Each Each morning we will reflect on experiences of the previous day and the course as a whole, and discuss course materials. We expect the programme to adjust through the week. Each afternoon into the evening will be lead by Indigenous knowledge holders. We expect the programme will change through the week. Assessment tasks here are indicative, and will be finalised prior to the intensive teaching period commencing (see wattle).

> In person, in place, in Country: Students must travel to Darwin and stay on campus at International House, Charles Darwin University.

> Travel approval and risk assessment: Students must complete a travel eform for approval to travel.

> Financial support: ANU students can apply for travel grants. Click here: Financial support including travel grants

> AuIS ANU x CDU: This course is recommended for students enrolled in programme degrees at the Australian National University and Charles Darwin University. This course is part of the Australian National University and Charles Darwin University Initiative to advance First Peoples' Knowledges and Perspectives.

> Cross-Instutional Enrolment: is welcome. Please contact your home institution for permission to enrol and the complete the ANU application form here: https://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply/cross-institutional-applications, Please contact your insitution for infomration about financial support that may be available to you.

> The prerequisite for this course is either INDG1001 or INDG1002 and at least one other INDG course or the equivalent. Mature students, including those who have life experience and learning relevant to this course are encouraged to apply to join. Students from other universities may apply for a cross-instutional enrolment to join this course.

Please note: The class summary of activities is indicative and will change subject to lecturer availability and as the teaching and learning experience shifts and grows over the week we are together.

Course contact: ANU students email Mary via AuIS.courseconveners.cass@anu.edu.au and please put in the subject heading 'INDG3005 July 2022'.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Welcome - late afternoon on Larrakia Country Daily course engagement and written reflections
2 Introduction to the course, reflection on course expectations, and discussion of key readings especially those in relation to standpoint and position. Afternoon lead by Yolngu teachers Daily course engagement and written reflections
3 Reflection and discussion. Perspectives from the Torres Strait Daily course engagement and written reflections
4 Reflection and discussion. A yarning mat - Noongar learning. Daily course engagement and written reflections
5 Reflection and discussion. Perspectives from the south-east. Daily course engagement and written reflections
6 Grounding and perspective: reflecting on the week. From here to where? Daily course engagement and written reflections
7 Post-intensive teaching period Reflective report

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials or workshops.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Annotated Bibliography 20 % 1, 3
Portfolio of daily reflections 15 % 1, 2
Reflective report 35 % 1, 2, 3
Presentation of creative response or course interview 20 % 1, 2, 3
Daily course engagement 10 % 3

* 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: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Annotated Bibliography

In the four weeks prior to the intensive teaching period, to prepare students will be given written and other materials and are asked to complete and submit periodically entries for an annotated bibliography. Students complete the preparation including the Annotated Bibliography before joining the intensive classes in Darwin.

More information about the task is available on wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Portfolio of daily reflections

Students submit a daily reflection during the intensive teaching period, and after the in-person teaching period has finished.

More details about the task is on wattle, including due times.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Reflective report

More details about the task will be released on wattle, including when the task opens and when it closes.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Presentation of creative response or course interview

More details available on wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 3

Daily course engagement

More details available 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.

Returning Assignments

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.

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).

Mary Spiers Williams

Research Interests

First Law, First Peoples' social justice, Impacts of State laws on First Peoples, esp Criminal law and social (including legal) structures that perpetuate discrimination against First Peoples.

Mary Spiers Williams

By Appointment
Mary Spiers Williams

Research Interests

Mary Spiers Williams

By Appointment

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