HIST 1107 - Indigenous Culture & History

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2015

This course will introduce students to Indigenous culture and history. It will consider traditional Aboriginal Society practices and structures, including Indigenous religion and beliefs (kinships, lore and the Dreaming), and relationships to the land and environment. It will then introduce policies and events that have affected Aboriginal society since colonisation, including policies that led to the Stolen Generations, welfare and church practices, Protector practices, social policies of segregation, and policies of self determination.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 1107
    Course Indigenous Culture & History
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 9 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course will introduce students to Indigenous culture and history. It will consider traditional Aboriginal Society practices and structures, including Indigenous religion and beliefs (kinships, lore and the Dreaming), and relationships to the land and environment. It will then introduce policies and events that have affected Aboriginal society since colonisation, including policies that led to the Stolen Generations, welfare and church practices, Protector practices, social policies of segregation, and policies of self determination.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jenni Caruso

    Course Timetable

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

    This Course consists of face-to-face teaching on campus with 3 x 2 hour lectures and 3 x 1hour tutorials per week. A field trip will be organised as part of the Course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
    1 A greater understanding of the policies and legislations affecting Aboriginal Australians in the twentieth century.
    2 An ability to associate current identified Aboriginal disadvantage as  resulting from policies and legislations in the twentieth century.
    3 The capacity to engage meaningfully with issues faced by Aboriginal Australians in both academic and social settings.
    4 An understanding of ethical issues in their professional and intellectual contexts.
    5 Enhanced skills in research, synthesis, organisation and presentation of information.
    6 Enhanced problem solving skills.
    7 Familiarity with research skills relevant to the Department of History.
    8 An ability to work independently.
    9 An ability to work cooperatively in a group project and negotiate outcomes.
    10 An ability to critically evaluate argument.

    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. 4, 7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6, 8, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8, 9, 10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7
    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, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Readings for this course will be uploaded onto Myuni.
    Online Learning
    Course notes and PowerPoint presentations will be uploaded to MyUni, as well as any announcements or relevant information. Please consult it regularly for updates, lecture notes and additional resources. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/ The University has access to a number of academic journals that have full text articles available online. Use the ‘Informit’ and ‘APIAS (APA-FT) databases on the Library’s catalogue to locate articles which will assist in essay writing and further knowledge of the topic.

    Librarians at the Barr-Smith library have compiled a resource guide relevant to this particular course. This can be accessed at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/history/Abor_20th.html and http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/history/IndigCulture.html. There is also a link on MyUni under ‘Resources’.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
     Tutorial attendance and participation is assessable and therefore considered core to learning in this Course. The Course is a four week intensive: lectures and tutorials are held 3 times per week for 4 weeks and full attendance at both is expected.
    Workload

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

    This is an intensive 4 week Course – in addition to contact times students will be expected to devote an equivalent time of independent study for preparation for tutorials and assignment research and writing.

    Please note that 3-unit courses in The Faculty of Arts are designed on the assumption that all learning and assessment activities (including lectures, tutorials, preparatory work, research and writing of assignments etc.) will require approximately 156 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The following lecture and tutorial topics are indicative only and are subject to change as need arises. Course material is constantly being updated and revised to incorporate the latest scholarship and topics of debate.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Given the nature of the course content there will sometimes be information that generates a range of feelings which can be expressed during discussion and conversation. While free discussion is encouraged, each student must be aware that the University has strong policies regarding discrimination and anti-discrimination. This course will be delivered in an arena of cultural safety, and encourages students to broach topics that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to address. The stipulation is that language use is appropriate, each individual student’s view is to be treated with respect, and that students must observe the University of Adelaide policies regarding, in particular, racial discrimination or vilification.

    Further information can be found at:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/hr/equity/resource/
    http://www.eoc.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp  
    http://scaleplus.law.gov.au/html/pasteact/0/47/top.htm

    WEEK 1                 

    SESSION 1     Acknowledgement of Country   Introduction: Course Guide 

     

    SESSION 2     Cultural Protocols in Aboriginal Studies

    1

    Introductory tutorial, administration and selection of tutorial presentation topics

     

    SESSION 3     Traditional Aboriginal Life: 

     

    SESSION 4      Film - Bungalung

    2

    Cultural Protocols in Aboriginal Studies

     

    SESSION 5       Contact 

     

    SESSION 6       Frontier & Resistance   

    3

    Aboriginal Ontologies

       WEEK 2                   

    SESSION 7        Protect and Control

     

    SESSION 8         First Australians: Ep. 3 Freedom for our Lifetime

    4

    Mayhem and Historical Silence

     

    SESSION 9        Policies relating to Aboriginal people

     

    SESSION 10      Aboriginal people and the pastoral industry

    5

    Aboriginal Resistances and Resilience

     

    SESSION 11      NO LECTURES OR TUTORIALS -  INDIVIDUAL STUDY

     

    SESSION 12      NO LECTURES OR TUTORIALS -  INDIVIDUAL STUDY

    6

    NO TUTORIAL

    WEEK 3                    

    SESSION 13   Aborigines, Anthropologists and Ethnography  

     

    SESSION 14   Social Darwinism, eugenics and the “native” population  

    7

    Political & Cultural Resistance

     

    SESSION 15     Missions and Ministry FILM – Remembering Country (26min)

     

    SESSION 16    Stolen Generations and the Parliamentary Apology 

    8

    Science, Social Darwinism and Aborigines

     

    SESSION 17   Aboriginal Activism

     

    SESSION 18   Film: Vote “Yes for Aborigines” (52min)

    9

    Policies, missions and Aborigines

    WEEK 4                    

    SESSION 19   Land Rights 

     

    SESSION 20   Aboriginal People and  the Law

                                            10

    The relevance of the 1967 Referendum today

     

    SESSION 21    NO LECTURES – ESSAY WORK

     

    SESSION 22    NO LECTURES – ESSAY WORK

                            11

    Land Rights

     

    SESSION 23     Overview of Course – Recap 

     

    SESSION 24    Film: The Sapphires

                                            12

    Evaluations

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Both lectures and tutorials will be built around discussion topics which will be investigated/researched by small groups of students with the aim of enhancing and deeping student knowledge around Aboriginal Australian history in the 20th Century.
  • 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
    There are three assessments in this course:

    (1) Tutorial presentation.
    (2) Tutorial attendance and participation.
    (3) Research essay that expands on a tutorial presentation topic.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Participation in tutorials is a compulsory component of the Course. Students must attend at least 80% of tutorials to pass (unless a medical certificate is provided or extra written responses to the tutorial questions are submitted). Please inform your tutor prior to the tutorial if you are unable to attend. It may be possible to ‘make-up’ a tutorial at another time.
    Assessment Detail

    (1) Lecture and Tutorial Attendance

    Participation in tutorials is a compulsory component of the Course. Attendance at lectures will comprise the overall mark for attendance and participation with attendance sheets to be signed by student at all lecture times. An attendance rate of at least 80% of tutorials and lectures is a pass requirement (unless a medical certificate is provided or extra written responses to the tutorial questions are submitted). Please inform your tutor prior to the tutorial if you are unable to attend.

    (2) Tutorial Presentations

    Everyone is expected to prepare for, and participate in all tutorial sessions Students will be expected to prepare and give one tutorial presentation during the four weeks of the course. The presentation can be given in a variety of forms and should be around 10-15 minutes in length. The aim of presentations is to generate discussion amongst the group. To ensure all students are accommodated there will be 3-4 presentations each tutorial. Assessment will be driven by evidence of solid reading and research undertaken by the student and students are expected to apply the same level of attention to development of their presentation as they would to a course delivered over a semester. 

    (3) ESSAY
     
    Readings: All required readings will be uploaded onto MyUni for students to download – there will be no Course Reader available for purchase.

    Submission
    Online Submission of Assignments (e-submission) via MyUni

    All assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni – this is a two step process. The assignment needs to be electronically submitted for marking vie the ‘Assignments’ link in the course menu. It then needs to be submitted separately to Turnitin, which is also done via the MyUni site. Marked assignments will be returned to the students in printed form.

    Extensions

    Students wishing to apply for an extension need to submit the relevant form available at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange .html to the school office at least 5 days prior to the due date for the assignment.

    Exceptions to the Policy:

    If one of the following criteria is met, an informal extension can be organised with the course coordinator and tutor:
    · Small extension – 2 days or less
    · Assessment item is worth 20% or less:
    · Student is registered with the Disability Office (need to attach a Disability Access Plan – DAP).

    ESSAY

    The Essay is 3500 words in length for Undergraduate students and 4500 for Masters students.  A Resource guide for this course is available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/history/IndigCulture.html Please use it for your assignments and tutorial presentations.
    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.

    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 electronic Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (eSELT) surveys as well as CEQ 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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at least once every 2 years. 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
  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    The Department of History  is committed to upholding the  University's Policy on Occupational
    Health & Safety (OH&S). All staff and students have a legal responsibility to act in the interests  of themselves and others with respect to OH&S. For information on the School's contingency plan and emergency procedures, please see the OH&S section on the school website:
    http://www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/historypolitics/ohs

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