• Class Number 3564
  • Term Code 3340
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Topic Unsettling: Introduction to Critical Indigenous St
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Mary Spiers Williams
    • Mary Spiers Williams
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 03/04/2023
  • Class End Date 21/04/2023
  • Census Date 07/04/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 07/04/2023
SELT Survey Results

Each special topic is a unique course in Australian Indigenous Studies (AuIS) or in one of the other fields in which Indigenous Studies has been developed around the planet. Each topic varies, reflecting the interests, authority and expertise of those teaching the course. The mode of delivery and location of this courses varies. Some topics are taught intensively, others are taught seminar-long, on campus, or online. Some topics are taught in-place and off-campus. All are taught on-Country. All courses centre the knowledge, perspectives and ways of knowing of Indigenous peoples' scholarship.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. synthesise First Nations and other Indigenous people's knowledge or knowledges taught in this course;
  2. demonstrate insight into First Nations and other Indigenous people's perspectives taught in the course; and
  3. demonstrate insight into theoretical perspectives, methodologies from the discipline of Indigenous Studies that arise in this course, including those relating to standpoint.

Research-Led Teaching

Mary Spiers Williams is Associate Dean (Indigenous Studies) in the College of Arts and Social Science (CASS) and formerly 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's research concerns the impact of colonisation on state laws, the impact of state laws on First Nations and other Indigenous people and coloniser-settlers, and the recognition of First Law. Mary's descendancy is that of the Darkenung and first colonisers. This - as well as other aspects of her identity - inform her scholarship, pedagogy and commitment to the strengthening of Indigenous Studies in Australia.

Field Trips

This is in an intensive course. Classes will be taught in two teaching blocks.

The first teaching block will be taught on the ANU's Kambri campus and can be joined remotely. Students are required to attend all lectures and complete all tasks before joining in person the intensive workshops held at Kioloa.

The second teaching block will be at the ANU's retreat centre on the Kioloa coastal campus. Students must join this in person. The accomodation at Kioloa is shared rooms with bunkbeds, and is catered. Students are responsible for the cost of this.

Additional Course Costs

Students are responsible for the cost of participating in the course, including transport, accomodation and catering.

  • Accommodation and catering at Kioloa is $56 per person per day for four days. Acceptance to the course is conditional on paying in advance the accomodation and catering costs to Kioloa.
  • Students must make their own arrangements and cover the cost of travelling to Kioloa.

Financial assistance may be available to you from your home university or other places. Examples of ANU travel grants can be found here: Financial support including travel grants.

Examination Material or equipment

Students must have good access to the internet and a reliable computer to undertake readings, other preparation, undertake research and complete assessment tasks.

Required Resources

All readings and materials are set out in the Course wattle site, and most will be accessible via links from the wattle site to library resources. These materials include 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 remote 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). 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

Special Topic Autumn 2022: 'Unsettling: Introduction to Critical Indigenous Studies'

This course introduces students to core ideas and influential publications of Indigenous and other scholars in Critical Indigenous Studies, as well as to the history of ideas and scholarly movements that have influenced CIS. This course has been developed in response to identified needs of students undertaking advancing courses in Indigenous Studies. This course will help students to prepare for courses in Indigenous Knowledges with senior knowledge holders taught using Indigenous pedagogy. This course creates an opportunity to reflect more critically on the context of the production of Indigenous knowledges, ways of knowing and ways of being in contemporary Australia, our positions/standpoints, and the institutions and structures that influence individuals.

> In person, in place, in Country

During the first teaching block, lectures are delivered in person from Kambri/Canberra in Ngunnawal Ngambri Country. Students are encouraged to attend in person or may attend remotely.

Students travel to Kioloa to stay on our campus there during the second intensive teaching period. The Kioloa Coastal Campus is in Yuin Country on the south coast of what is known as New South Wales.

> 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

> 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.

> Course prerequisites:

The prerequisite for this course is either INDG1001 and INDG1002 and at least one other INDG-coded course (or 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.

> Note to students taking the Australian Indigenous Studies Major and Minor (AuIS-MAJ & AuIS-MIN):

  • This course can be substituted from HIST2022 in the Major.
  • This course will be a prerequisite for joining some other courses taught in the AuIS-Major, especially those that are taught in place, in Country.

Please note: The class summary of activities is indicative and will change as the teaching and learning experience shifts and grows over the time that we are together.

> Apply to join this course:

  • Email the course administrator and advise how you have met the prerequisites or their equivalent.
  • Pay the cost of accomodation and catering at Kioloa (second teaching block). The course administrator will issue students accepted with an invoice for the cost of accomodation and catering at Kioloa. When you have paid this, you will be issued with an enrolment code.
  • Complete a travel eform prior to joining the lectures in the first teaching block.

> Course contact:

When contacting the course convener (Mary) via AuIS.courseconveners.cass@anu.edu.au, please include the subject heading 'INDG3005 Autumn 2023'.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Decolonising methodologies Readings and annotated bibliography entries are completed before each class, reflective task
2 Related scholarly movements and other influences Readings and annotated bibliography entries are completed before each class, reflective task
3 Critical Indigenous Studies Readings and annotated bibliography entries are completed before each class, reflective task
4 Indigenous knowledges and indigenous research Readings and annotated bibliography entries are completed before each class, reflective task
5 Indigenous intellectual authority Readings and annotated bibliography entries are completed before each class, reflective task
6 Intensive workshops Workshop engagement, course interview, reflective task
7 Post intensive teaching periods Research and annotated bibliography entries, reflective report

Tutorial Registration

All information about registration for workshops is on the Wattle course page.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Annotated Bibliography 20 % 1, 3
Portfolio of regular reflections 15 % 1, 2
Reflective report 35 % 1, 2, 3
Course interview 10 % 1, 2, 3
Engagement during lectures 10 % 3
Engagement during workshops 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 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.


There are no examinations in this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Annotated Bibliography

Students are required to complete an annotated bibliography (AB) during the course.

Before and during the two teaching blocks, students will be given written and other materials to synthesise into AB entries. These AB entries are completed before they are taught in class and submitted by the dates that are set out in the Wattle Course page.

After the teaching period, students complete AB entries for the additional material that they have researched for their final task.

Note: late submission of AB entries is not permitted (see policy below). This means: each entry must be completed on or before the due time; it is not possible to submit late.

More information about the task is available on wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Portfolio of regular reflections

Students submit a reflective task before the teaching commences, after each class during the intensive teaching blocks, and after the teaching period, and after the final task.

Note: late submission of each reflection is not permitted (see policy below).

More details about the task is on wattle.

Assessment Task 3

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

Reflective report

Note: late submission is permitted, subject to penalties set out in the ANU policy (below).

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

Assessment Task 4

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

Course interview

This task is completed and submitted in the second teaching block that is in-person.

Note: late submission is not permitted (obviously).

More details about the task will be released on wattle

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 3

Engagement during lectures

This task is completed during the first teaching block, either in-person or live via remote streaming.

Note: late submission is not permitted (obviously).

More details available on wattle.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 3

Engagement during workshops

This task is completed during the second teaching block that is in-person.

Note: late submission is not permitted (obviously).

More details available on wattle.

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 tasks. Please keep a copy of the tasks 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

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

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. As this course is taught intensively, it means that students' assignments are unlikely to be returned before the completion of the course. Students are encouraged to diligently familiarise themselves with the task requirements.

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

include First Laws, impacts of State laws on Indigenous Peoples, structures that perpetuate discrimination.

Mary Spiers Williams

By Appointment
Mary Spiers Williams

Research Interests

Mary Spiers Williams

By Appointment

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