- Class Number 2543
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Ben Silverstein
- Mary Spiers Williams
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
This course introduces students to the diversity of First Peoples’ perspectives, knowledges, experiences, and places in this Country. We examine significant events, including shared histories, drawn from across the Australian continent. We consider the philosophical frameworks of First Peoples' ways of knowing, and reflect on how these have informed, and continue to inform, First Peoples' ways of being, knowing and acting today. We explore basic precepts borne of a Country-centred way of being, including relationality and respect for autonomy. Students have an opportunity to develop insight into the significance of kinship, language, place, and their continuities. We explore examples of complex social systems, and consider contemporary relationships in Australia in the context of global developments in First Peoples’ relationships, identity and shared/common experiences. The course creates a space for a learning experience that offers opportunities to develop insight into First Peoples’ perspectives on colonisation in Australia.
This course is one of two foundational courses in Australian Indigenous Studies. These are interleaved and designed to be taken in any order.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe and critique historical and other disciplinary perspectives on Indigenous Peoples in Australia;
- demonstrate insight into the depth of Australia's past, First Peoples' diverse ways of being and knowing, and the continuities of these;
- demonstrate insight into key events since colonisation in Australia commenced, and the impact of these on the relations between coloniser-settlers and First Peoples;
- demonstrate understanding of key concepts, themes and perspectives that are taught in the course; and
- demonstrate understanding and skills in methodologies taught in this course, including ongoing self-reflective practice, research practices and writing.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos 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/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
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
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to Australian Indigenous Studies||Weekly tasks: as well as class preparation, students are required to complete several weekly tasks. See the course wattle page for more information.|
|3||Language and Kinship|
|4||The depth of history|
|5||Discovering Cook: the view from the shore||Take home examination|
|6||Lawful engagements with unlawful colonisers|
|8||Colonising First Peoples' labour|
|9||From pastoral colonialism to land rights in the North|
|10||The representation and the reality|
|11||Economies and ingenuity|
|12||Issues in First Peoples’ politics today||Research essay/take home examination|
All students must register for - and then join! - a weekly scheduled workshop. Please register for this via the Wattle page. If possible, these workshops will be taught in person on campus, but please note that students must be prepared at short notice to join these workshops online via zoom. Workshops will be recorded.
Please apply to join the online-only workshop if you cannot attend workshops in-person. No classes will be delivered in a hybrid format (that is, no classes will be delivered to students who are both online and in-person).
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Course participation||10 %||*||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Annotated bibliography (comprised of 12 weekly entries)||18 %||*||1, 2, 3|
|Portfolio of weekly reflections||12 %||*||3, 5|
|Take home examination||25 %||21/03/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Research essay/take home examination||35 %||06/06/2022||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 Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Annotated bibliography (comprised of 12 weekly entries)
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3, 5
Portfolio of weekly reflections
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take home examination
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research essay/take home examination
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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