• Class Number 3684
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Stewart Sutherland
    • Amanda Wingett
    • Dr Stewart Sutherland
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

In this course students will develop an understanding of the health issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the 21st century, and their basis in Aboriginal and Torres Strain Islander post-colonization history. Students will learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strain Islander history and its impact on community, culture and health.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the impact of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander post-colonization history on Indigenous culture, and the subsequent impact on prevention, definition, diagnosis & treatment of illness.
  2. Identify and describe features of overt, subtle & structural discrimination in interactions between patients, health professionals and systems.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of available data as key indicators of Indigenous health.
  4. Identify and analyse community-wide approaches to prevention, and key features of effective Indigenous health promotion & general practice programs.
  5. Outline and explain key principles in development of collaborative and ethical relationships with Indigenous peoples, including the significance of partnership and ownership in development of research methodologies.

Field Trips

Students will undertake a field trip to the National Museum, as part of the lecture program (week to be discussed week 1). This work is designed to help students understand the history of invasion and oppression in Australia.

Additional Course Costs

Textbooks: While we have copies of Working Together, and have copies of some reading in Wattle, students will need to purchase Carson, B., Dunbar, T., Chenhall, R., and Bailie, R. (2020) Social Determinants of Indigenous Health.

Examination Material or equipment

Class Quizzes and Final exam will be online, requiring a computer and good internet access.

Required Resources

Carson, B., Dunbar, T., Chenhall, R., and Bailie, R. (2020) Social Determinants of Indigenous Health.

Recommended student system requirements. 

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 eg Zoom.
  • 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
  • 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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

The course has been structured to accommodate online attendance. Many lectures will be pre-recorded and available via Wattle. Students should be aware that some content from any 'live' lectures may not be recorded due to the cultural sensitivity of materials, therefore students attendance is encouraged. Both on-campus (face-to-face) and online (zoom) seminar / tutorial sessions will be offered. This may need to be altered depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 This course is delivered using lectures and tutorial: Lectures will be recorded (except where there is a guest lecturer); and there will be one online tutorial. Lecture topics will be addressed in the following weeks tutorial. For example, Week 1 Lecture topic discussed in week 2 tutorials.
2 Theme 1: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre- and post-colonization history – sociocultural determinants of health/ Social and Emotional Wellbeing (LO 1) Weeks 1-4 (indicative topics)
3 Theme 2: Structural determinants of discrimination and inequality in health delivery (LO 2-3) Weeks 5-8 (indicative topics)
4 Theme 3: Evidence based practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health delivery (LO 4-5) Weeks 9-12 (indicative topics)
5 Theme 4: Understand one's privilege, understanding racism and subsequent health effects and Cultural Safety and Humility (LO 6)

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials are capped at 25 people, once this cap has been reached that tutorial session will close. A minimum number of 15 students per tutorial will also apply, if tutorials do not reach this number we may not run that session.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Online Weekly Quizzes 10 % 1,2,3,4
Personal Reflection Portfolio 15 % 1,2,3
Cohort Assessment Choice 20 % 1,2,3,4
Examination 40 % 1,2,3,4,5
Participation 15 % 1

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


Some content will not be recorded due to culturally sensitive therefore, students are strongly encouraged to attend all 'live' sessions. Participation contributes to the course assessment, of 15% of the whole course mark. These marks are based on how well you contribute to the unit. Students are required to demonstrate that they are culturally competent and culturally safe. Actively participating in class discussion, asking questions and giving an Acknowledgement to Country will all count towards this grade.

All other lectures will be recorded; and one tutorial (based on need) will be online.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for a mid-semester exam indicates the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

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

Online Weekly Quizzes

Details: The Quizzes will be posted on the course WATTLE site. They are designed to give students feedback on their comprehension of the topics and issues covered in the course. It will cover the principles and key ideas discussed in the readings, resources, lectures and tutorials about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health.

Task: Non-completion in any week will lead to a mark of zero for that week in which the quiz is not completed; if a student completes none of the quizzes they will receive zero for this assessment item.

Weight: 10%. (combined total)

Duration: Students will have a 24 hour window in which to undertake each quiz, once it is started students will have 15 minutes to complete each quiz,.

Release date: The quizzes will take place in each teaching week (2-9, 11 & 12 inclusive). The quizzes will become available on Wattle one hour after the scheduled end time of classes (time to be confirmed in class).

Due date: All quizzes must be completed no later than 24 hours after the start time. All students will be notified in class/via email when the start-end times of the quiz. Please note that unless there are genuinely exceptional circumstances, extensions will not be granted to the time period in which the quiz may be completed, resulting in a mark of zero for that week.

Feedback due: Every effort will be made to have results available on Wattle immediately or soon after the quiz closing; in all other cases feedback will be provided the following week in class.

Other requirements: Please note that there are occasionally IT issues that affect the functioning of particular quizzes or of Wattle generally. This will be considered by the Course Convener throughout.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Personal Reflection Portfolio

Details: The Reflection Portfolio is a personal document that aids reflection and development of your thoughts in relation to course content. Students are required to reflect on allocated topics. Submissions should be dialogue rather than statements, demonstrating analytical, critical and reflective thinking, about the intersection of your life experience and course learning, with an academic tone (referenced when needed). Reflections should be personal and give examples to demonstrate an understanding of the topic. They are not reports.

The First reflection will be marked, with a resubmission (resubmitted reflections will have a 10% variance) to allow students to understand what a personal reflection is. All others the first mark will stand.

Task: Non-completion will result in a mark of 0/5 for any week which is not completed; if a student completes none of the reflections, they will receive 0/15 for this assessment item.

Word limit: Each submission will be 250 words (+10%, as per ANU policy).

Weight: 15% (total). Each submission will account for 5% of the final mark, consisting of three separate submissions.

Release date: Submission links will be available in Wattle in the week of submission due date.

Due date: Each reflection must be submitted during the topic week via WATTLE. Late submissions (without an approved extension) are permitted within one week of the submission date, although late penalties will apply as per ANU policy.

Estimated return date: Every effort will be made to release the marking within 2 weeks after submission.

Other requirements: As a written assessment, students must comply with principles of academic integrity, including appropriate referencing. Please refer to Wattle for details on referencing for this assessment.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Cohort Assessment Choice

Task: This assessment piece will be chosen by consensus of the cohort during week one. Students have the choice of undertaking Option A or Option B, noting that the whole cohort will be completing the same assessment.

Weight: 20%.

Key dates: Release date, due date, and return date will be advised after cohort choice has been finalised.

Details -

Option A - Group Written Assignment

Details: Students within groups (3) will be expected to submit a written assessment on a topic to be provided. The goal will be for students to undertake independent research, using appropriate sources, and formulate a clear argument to the question. Students must include three of the weekly readings and seven research pieces. Each students record their contribution to the paper and submit it, in conjunction with the completed paper.

Word limit: 1,500 words (+10%, as per ANU policy).

Late submissions: (without an extension), are permitted as per ANU policy, although late penalties will apply.

Other requirements: As a written assessment, students must comply with principles of academic integrity, including appropriate referencing, using APA.

Option B - Group Presentation

Details: Presentation requirements: Students will be allocated into groups of 4-5 from within your seminar class to investigate and deliver a presentation, on a topic to be provided by the Course Coordinator. Students must submit their presentation slides including notes.

Duration: Individuals will be allocated 5 minutes each (plus 5 minutes question time).

Late submissions (without an approved extension) are not permitted. Failure to submit assessment will result in a mark of zero.

Marking: marking will be based on individual work and how well the end product comes together.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


The exam will be an individual, written assessment with online submission worth 40% of your overall mark. Specific details will be confirmed on WATTLE.

The date range indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the exam.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1


Some content will not be recorded due to their culturally sensitive nature, therefore students are strongly encouraged to attend all 'live' sessions.

5a, Participation contributes to the course assessment, of 5% of the whole course mark. These marks are based on how well you contribute to the unit. Students are required to demonstrate that they are culturally competent and culturally safe. Actively participating in class discussion and asking questions.

5b, Acknowledgement to Country (10%) will count towards this grade. An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country. Student's will be required to give an Acknowledgement of Country, spaces will be available for this to occur during lectures and tutorial. Students who are not able (for good reason) to present in class will be able to record their Acknowledgement of Country and submit it on the due date.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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. This applies to assessment tasks 1, 2 and 4.
  • 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 weekly quizzes or take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Wattle, general remarks will be in the wattle format.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is permitted on some assessment items. See Wattle Assessments for details.

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 Stewart Sutherland

Research Interests

Indigenous people's culture, One Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Food and Food Security, Trauma and Mental Health

Dr Stewart Sutherland

Wednesday 10:00 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 13:00
Amanda Wingett

Research Interests

Amanda Wingett

Dr Stewart Sutherland

Research Interests

Dr Stewart Sutherland

Wednesday 10:00 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 13:00

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