MUSIC 1007A - Studies in Community and Culture I Pt 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

An exploration of the arts in society drawing on examples from a variety of indigenous and non-indigenous communities and cultures in Australia and elsewhere. Themes include: the social, political, religious and educational roles of art, artists and arts institutions; cultural identity, cultural maintenance and development; aesthetics, technology and the arts, commercialism, culture contact and culture change. This course includes classes presented by Visiting Lecturers from the Pitjantjatjara communities and a field studies visit to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSIC 1007A
    Course Studies in Community and Culture I Pt 1
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 1 lecture, 1 tutorial per week.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only
    Course Description An exploration of the arts in society drawing on examples from a variety of indigenous and non-indigenous communities and cultures in Australia and elsewhere. Themes include: the social, political, religious and educational roles of art, artists and arts institutions; cultural identity, cultural maintenance and development; aesthetics, technology and the arts, commercialism, culture contact and culture change.
    This course includes classes presented by Visiting Lecturers from the Pitjantjatjara communities and a field studies visit to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Ashley Turner

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Knowledge and understanding of the roles of the arts in a selected range of social, historical and cultural settings, especially in relation to Indigenous Australian music and music-making.
    2. Working knowledge and critical understanding of historical and contemporary issues in relation to Indigenous societies and arts, emphasising Indigenous perspectives on colonial and ‘post-colonial’ context.
    3. Working knowledge, competence and confidence, including an understanding of and ability to apply Protocols, to gather and critically evaluate cultural information from written, oral, and audio-visual sources, including from libraries, organisations, Internet, events and people, and through direct observation.
    4. Competence and confidence in verbal and written scholarly discussion about arts and society.
    5. Knowledge and understanding of Community Cultural Development policies, principles and practices, and competence in planning, designing and presenting short educational presentations about music.
    6. Understandings of Indigenous social histories and perspectives, in local, state, national and international contexts.
    7. Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and lifestyles, and the relationships between people, land, natural resources, society, cultural practices, arts and crafts, and expressive culture, based on Indigenous perspectives including presentations by Indigenous culture owners, performers and teachers.
    8. Understanding of the significance, role and interconnectedness of story, song and dance in Indigenous cultural traditions, through their relationship to people and to specific country and sites; and an understanding of local and remote land management practices, and cultural maintenance programs, including examples from Kaurna practices and from the APY Lands.
    9. Knowledge of selected stories, songs and dances from the Pitjantjatjara/ Yankunytjatjara Inma tradition, and their relationship to specific sites; the ability and confidence to participate in singing and dancing selected songs and/or dances from the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Inma tradition; and the knowledge of how to apply learning skills and protocols relevant to the learning of cultural traditions such as Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Inma. 
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,5,6,7,8,9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,4,5,9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,5,9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3,4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,6,7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,2,4,5,6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,5,6,7,8,9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Class notes, reading materials and web links provided in class and through MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning

    Course outlines, assignments, reading materials, web links as well as staff-student communications and course progress feedback are provided through MyUni

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course consists of weekly interactive Seminar-style classes for the learning of disciplinary knowledge and skills, and Assessment Tutorials that provide a supported interactive environment for the completion of formative and summative assessment tasks. Learning/teaching strategies include lecture presentations, film viewing sessions, small-group problem solving and discovery work, student presentations, group discussions, class visits to local Indigenous culturally significant sites and events, presentations by Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara visiting lecturers, Inma classes, and workshops and presentations by guest presenters as appropriate.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to attending the timetabled seminars and assessment tutorials, students are expected to undertake private study for an average of at least four hours per week consisting of assignment work, homework tasks, reviewing lecture notes, and continuous revision including revision for tests and examinations.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Semester 1

    Tuesday seminars

    Room 603 Lev 6 Schulz

    Friday tutorials

    Room 603 Level 6 Schulz

    Week 1

    Introduction & course overview

    A1 (summative) Festival Performance Reviews (Pt 1 Class Presentation & Pt 2 Written Presentation)

    Week 2

    Definitions & concepts

    Reviews and worksheets on MyUni

    Week 3

    Indigenous festivals (global, national, local), ceremonies and performances

    Preparation of verbal presentations

    Week 4

    A1 Class Presentations

    A1 Class Presentations

    Week 5

    A1 Class Presentations

    A1 Class Presentations

    Week 6

    Assignment 1 Class Presentations

    Guided completion of written reviews:

    A1 Festival Performance Review (written) due

    Week 7

    Indigenous film and film-making

    A2 (summative) Film Review Portfolio

    Literature on Indigenous representation and protocols

    Week 8

    Film 1 – Theme: Indigenous music on local, national and world stages

    Worksheets and reviews

    Week 9

    Film 2 – Theme: Organising resistance through music

    Worksheets and reviews

    Week 10

    Film 3 – Theme: Music of the Stolen Generations

    Worksheets and reviews

    Week 11

    Film 4 – Theme: Music, history, protest, and land rights

    Worksheets and reviews

    Week 12

    Film 5 – Theme: Music, place & identity

    Worksheets and reviews

    A2 Film Review Portfolio due

    Week 13

    Review of Semester 1 topics

    Review of Semester 1 topics

    Swot Week

    Preparation for exams 

    Preparation for exams

    Specific Course Requirements

    Application of learning

    It is expected that students will make every effort to apply learned knowledge and skills in this course to all aspects of their program of studies at CASM.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course provides students with Small Group Discovery Experiences (from 4 - 10 students) through in-class activities involving team-based inquiry-based learning, investigation, discussion and criticism, problem-solving, and presentations.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment task

    Type of assessment

    Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes

    Outcomes being assessed

    Attendance & non-graded class assignments




    Class Presentation

    See MyUni for details and schedule



    1, 3, 4

    Written Performance Review

    See MyUni for details and schedule



    1, 3, 4

    Film Review Portfolio

    See MyUni for details and schedule



    1 - 3

    End-of-Semester 1 Exam



    1 - 5

    For details of the assessment criteria for individual tasks please see the criteria sheets and/or marking schemes provided with each assessment component.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students are required to attend 100% classes in this course, and to participate fully in all tasks and activities offered in the classes.

    It is a formal requirement to attend a minimum of 70% of all classes in this course to achieve a Pass or above grade. It is expected that students will satisfactorily complete all in-class tasks and activities as scheduled, and submit all formal assignment work by the due date.

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment in this course is based on attendance at and participation in both the Seminars and Tutorial components, and satisfactory completion of assigned tasks relevant to the key topics listed below.

    Attendance & non-graded class assignments
    10%, formative, LO 1-9
    Attendance alone is not regarded as active participation. The Assessment Criteria for attendance and participation in this course are as follows: a) Punctual attendance at class, and remaining for the full duration of the class; b) Preparation for classes - including set readings and completion of exercises; c) Active participation in all learning activities to the best of one’s ability, including non-graded assessment tasks; d) Constructive contribution to the class learning environment, including active engagement in learning processes through active listening, note-taking, contribution to discussion, contribution to group activities, undertaking guided learning tasks, and seeking clarification where needed

    Satisfactory completion of formative guided class tasks and activities related to the given Seminar and Tutorial topics. Students should actively engage in all learning tasks and activities and attempt each task and/or activity to the best of their ability. Take home reading and tasks are also to be completed to the best of the student’s ability.

    Class Presentation
    10%, summative, LO 1, 3, 4

    Due Date: See MyUni

    Assessment of competence to observe, describe and evaluate a public music performance, and verbally communicate those findings, within a specified time limit, to a group of peers and lecturers.

    Written Performance Review
    20%, summative, LO 1, 3, 4

    Date due: See MyUni

    Assessment of competence to observe, describe and evaluate a public music performance, and communicate those findings in a structured piece of academic writing.

    Film Review Portfolio
    30%, summative, LO 1 – 3

    Date due: See MyUni

    Assessment of the ability to gather and evaluate information from film sources, and to assemble a portfolio of three film reviews using prescribed academic conventions and document forms.

    30%, summative, LO 1-5


    All assessable work in this course should be submitted in person to the course lecturer. The only exception to this is where the assessment task specifies electronic return.

    All assessment tasks must be submitted by the due date.

    For details about University policy regarding additional and replacement assessment provisions, please see: Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy and Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy 
    Please also refer to the CASM Foundation Year Academic Handbook for further details on Discretionary Pass Categories and Additional and Replacement Assessment provisions.

    Assessment Task Extension Provisions
    Each assessment task must be submitted by the due date. Where a student is unable to complete an assignment by the due date, and wishes to apply for an extension to the due date, they are required to complete the CASM Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Form A - Application for Assessment Task Extension, and submit the form to the course lecturer concerned within 5 business days before the due date, or within 5 business days of the extenuating conditions arising. The form must then be signed by the CASM Head of Programs.

    Extensions for submission of assessment tasks will only be granted where there are exceptional circumstances (Medical OR Compassionate OR Extenuating Circumstances) that have prevented the student from completing the assignment by the due date (eg. Approved Leave). Official written evidence or support from a professional qualified to assess the student is required. Extensions will not normally be granted for periods beyond 10 working days, or the last day on which teaching may occur in the relevant teaching period, whichever is earlier.

    Replacement Examination
    A replacement examination will be available to eligible students whose capacity to demonstrate their true level of competence in a final examination was, is or will be seriously impaired because of medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.

    Requests for replacement examinations on Medical and/or Compassionate and/or Extenuating Circumstances grounds must be made by completing the relevant CASM Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Form with supporting documentation, and submitting this to the CASM Head of Programs within 5 business days of the communication of final results.

    Final Mark Additional Assessment
    Additional or replacement assessment on Academic Grounds is automatically available to students who have achieved a final mark of 45-49%. Permission for additional assessment is normally only granted for students who have met the attendance requirements of the course and who have completed (not necessarily passed) the required assessment tasks throughout the teaching year. Please note under these provisions the final assessment task will be weighed at more than 20% of the total course assessment.

    Requests for additional replacement assessment on Medical and/or Compassionate and/or Extenuating Circumstances grounds must be made by completing CASM Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Form D, with supporting documentation, and submitting this to the CASM Head of Programs within 5 business days of the communication of final results.

    Exceptions: In certain circumstances, the CASM Examiners’ Committee, in consultation with the Course Coordinator, may grant modified arrangements where a student’s underlying mark is below 45% (ie. Completion of Program Offer - CASM Bridging Program).

    Please note: The maximum mark/grade for a course for which an Additional Assessment is granted is 50 Pass or Non-Graded Pass in accord with the University’s approved Mark and Grade Schemes

    For specific rules relating to these and other requirements, and for further details regarding attendance and assessment requirements, and additional assessment requirements and provisions, please see the CASM Foundation Year Academic Handbook.

    Resubmission of Assessment Tasks: Assessment tasks in this course are both formative and summative. Students who submit an assignment task and receive a fail mark should undertake to resubmit the assignment to improve their mark. Resubmission of work should take place within two weeks of notification of failing the assignment. Requests for resubmission of assignments must be made to the course lecturer concerned and must be made within one week of notification of receipt of the fail mark. As a general rule, a maximum of two resubmissions are permitted for each individual component.

    All submitted assignment tasks must be accompanied by a completed and signed CASM Assignment Plagiarism Statement. This a legal requirement. Copies of the blue CASM Assignment Cover Sheet & Plagiarism Statement are available to students in Room 603, and are also available from the CASM Office upon request.

    All submitted assessable written assignment work in this course must be word-processed unless otherwise instructed. Students who may have a difficulty in meeting this requirement should speak with the course lecturer.

    Penalties for late submission without approved extension, will apply at the rate of 5% (deducted from the overall final mark for the individual assessment task per day), up to a maximum of 20% - ie. 4 days and over. Please note that this can result in a Fail Grade for the particular component.

    Students are reminded to keep their own copy of all submitted work for their personal records.

    Students receive regular feedback on their academic progress in this course, including in relation to meeting the attendance requirements and in relation to each assessed task. In addition to the feedback on each individual assessed task, students also receive a comprehensive mid-year written Progress Report outlining their progress to date. Students may make an appointment to meet with the course lecturer to discuss their individual progress.

    Turn-around time on return of assessments will be a maximum of four weeks.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
    Specialised Indigenous student support is also provided through Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education: Wirltu Yarlu

    Student Support Officers
    Student Support Services Coordinator - Matthew Graham, HG18, 831 35900
    Regional Community Engagement Officer - Naomi Carolin, S111d, 831 34967
    Student Support Officer – Tania Shearer, 2106, 831 30682

    Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) Coordinator
    David Kotlowy, S126, 831 33626
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