HIST 1107 - Indigenous Culture & History

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2016

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

    Ms Jenni Caruso (Course Convenor)
    Ph: 8313 8344  
    Email: jenni.caruso@adelaide.edu.au
    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 1 hour 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 :

    1.Possess a broad body of historical knowledge ranging over time, space and cultures.

    2. Recognise the value of a wide range of methodologies, conceptual approaches and the impact of competing narratives.

    3. Think independently and critically, using appropriate methodologies and technologies, to engage with historical problems.

    4. Communicate effectively, in a range of written and spoken formats, within the conventions of the discipline of history.

    5. Contribute constructively to group-based activities.

    6. Demonstrate the skills of an historian which are appropriate for performing a range of professional roles, undertaking leadership positions, and sustaining lifelong learning, including: information technology skills to manage data and to communicate, skills in collaborative and self-directed problem-solving, a habit of academic rigour, and sensitivity to intercultural and ethical issues.

    7. Show sensitivity to the diversity of historical cultures and the ethical implications of historical enquiry within a global context.

    8. Demonstrate a critical, self-reflective approach to the study of history, based on respect and mutual responsibility.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There are no Course Reader that needs to be purchased for this course. All readings will be posted to MyUni. 

    Recommended Resources
    All Recommended Resources will be available under the Barr Smith Library Resource Guide: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/indighist
    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.

    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 amount of time to independent study and preparing for tutorials, assignments, 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:

    WEEK 1                 

    SESSION 1     Acknowledgement of Country   Introduction: Course Guide 


    SESSION 2     Cultural Protocols in Aboriginal Studies


    SESSION 3     Traditional Aboriginal Life: 


    SESSION 4      Film - Bungalung


    SESSION 5       Contact 


    SESSION 6       Frontier & Resistance   

    WEEK 2                   

    SESSION 7        Protect and Control


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


    SESSION 9        Policies relating to Aboriginal people


    SESSION 10      Aboriginal people and the pastoral industry





    WEEK 3                    

    SESSION 13   Aborigines, Anthropologists and Ethnography  


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


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


    SESSION 16    Stolen Generations and the Parliamentary Apology 


    SESSION 17   Aboriginal Activism


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

    WEEK 4                    

    SESSION 19   Land Rights 


    SESSION 20   Aboriginal People and  the Law


    SESSION 21   Writing Essays 


    SESSION 22    Library Tutorial


    SESSION 23     Overview of Course – Recap 


    SESSION 24    Film:



    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Both lectures and tutorials will be built around discussion topics that 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
    The assessments for this course are as follows:

    1.     Small Group Activity: Give one tutorial presentation (constituting 20% of the final grade)

    2.     Submission of notes and presentation materials – as an 800-word essay draft (30%)

    3.     Tutorial attendance and participation (10%)

    4.     A 2,200-word essay expanding on the tutorial presentation topic (40%)
    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

    The assessments for this course:

    1.     Small Group Activity - give one tutorial presentation:  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. 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. (Constitutes 20% of the final grade)

    2.     Submission of notes and presentation materials. Students are to upload presentation notes and PowerPoints (if they are used) onto Turnitin. The notes should be 800 words in length and take the form of an essay draft that includes referenced sources. (30%)

    3.     Tutorial attendance and participation: Everyone is expected to prepare for, and participate in all tutorial sessions. (10%)

    4.     Write one 2,200-word essay expanding on the tutorial presentation topic as outlined in the essay draft (40%)

    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.


    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)
    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.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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