ABORIG 1001 - Indigenous People, Country & Protocols

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course provides a practical base for introducing students to the variety of Australian Aboriginal peoples, country and protocols. The focus will be on South Australia with the intent that what students learn in this environment will equip them with a protocols foundation for working with Indigenous peoples from elsewhere in Australia. An important learning outcome for students will be gaining knowledge on the intrinsic importance of country/land, the environment kin and identity for Indigenous people. Students may visit a key site on Kaurna country such as the cultural trail along the River Torrens. Students will also visit sites such as the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Mortlock Library or Tandanya Cultural Institute in order to assess, analyse and explore the differences and juxtaposition on how Indigenous Knowledges, relationships, cultures and people are represented by State institutions or Indigenous organisations. Indigenous elders, storytellers, performance and academics will teach students by providing knowledge of the Indigenous relationships and responsibilities that are intrinsic to successful communication and activities with Aboriginal people. Obtaining these skills will enhance their future employment in Indigenous sectors.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ABORIG 1001
    Course Indigenous People, Country & Protocols
    Coordinating Unit ATSI Education: Wilto Yerlo
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course provides a practical base for introducing students to the variety of Australian Aboriginal peoples, country and protocols. The focus will be on South Australia with the intent that what students learn in this environment will equip them with a protocols foundation for working with Indigenous peoples from elsewhere in Australia. An important learning outcome for students will be gaining knowledge on the intrinsic importance of country/land, the environment kin and identity for Indigenous people. Students may visit a key site on Kaurna country such as the cultural trail along the River Torrens. Students will also visit sites such as the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Mortlock Library or Tandanya Cultural Institute in order to assess, analyse and explore the differences and juxtaposition on how Indigenous Knowledges, relationships, cultures and people are represented by State institutions or Indigenous organisations. Indigenous elders, storytellers, performance and academics will teach students by providing knowledge of the Indigenous relationships and responsibilities that are intrinsic to successful communication and activities with Aboriginal people. Obtaining these skills will enhance their future employment in Indigenous sectors.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kam Kaur

    Ph: 8313 0264

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Understand the diversity of Indigneous peoples and cultures and the importance of relationships/connectedness within Indigenous knowledges.
    2. Explain the importance of language, art, music, text and performance in constructing and maintaining Indigenous knowledges while honouring Indigenous protocols.
    3. Collaborate with diverse groups particularly Indigenous peoples in the exploration of ideas.
    4. Use various technologies to locate, access, analyse and synthesise information in a planned and timely manner.
    5. Investigate Indigenous experiences through a range of media including storytelling, film amd performance.
    6. Apply creative and innovative solutions to isses explored and analysed.
    7. Communicate ideas/solutions using a range of media including written and oral language, visual and aural representations and performance.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    4, 6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 2, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no textbook for this course. Resources Include

    1. A Course Guide containing details of lecture topics and tasks.

    2. A Course Reader containing the texts that need to be read prior to each tutorial discussion and is available electronically through MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    The Barr Smith Library has a rich collection of books and journals relevant to the subject.
    Online Learning
    Lecture slides and MyMedia lecture recordings will be available on MyUni. Other material will be made available as needed as the course progresses.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course comprises face-to-face teaching on campus with one lecture and one seminar per week. Both lectures and seminars commence in week one. Lectures will be recorded.

    The Course Guide will contain detailed information about the lectures and seminar topic and readings.
    Workload

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

    Students will need to devote approximately 12 hours per week to this course across the semester. This will comprise the 3 contact hours and the 9 hours for independent study in preparation for seminars and assignments.
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Introduction to Indigenous People, Country & Protocols
    2. Introduction to basic history 1788 and knowledge systems 
    3. Indigenous peoples and colonisation
    4. Knowing Indigenous peoples and knowledge systems 
    5. Protocols that guide and inform life
    6. Knowing Indigenous Country - concept of connectedness to country 
    7. Connectedness mediums - memory codes via storytelling, song, art and dance 
    8. Using environment to guide life 
    9. Post 1788 - mediums and protocols that inform life 
    10. Ongoing connections to water and earth
    11. Importance of and visibility of Indigenous Knowledges in the contemporary world
    12. Conclusion
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students together in small groups will undertake research off campus.
  • 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
    1. 300 word review
    2. 1000 word report
    3. 2000 word essay
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details will be available through MyUni.
    Submission
    Online Submission of Assignments via MyUni
    Assignment 1 is a review and will be submitted electronically via MyUni through the 'Assignments link.

    Assignment 2 is a  powerpoint recorded presentation and will be submitted via MyUni Assignment links.

    Assignment 3 is to be submitted electronically via MyUni through the 'Assignments' link.

    Extension

    Please contact your course coordinator if you need an extension.
    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

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    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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