ABORIG 1002 - Indigenous Scholarship & Interplay of Knowledges

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course will provide a foundation for students on the history of the affirmation, development and legitimization of Indigenous knowledge, theory and scholarship in Australia and internationally. Contemporary Indigenous knowledge present a counterpoint to colonial and post-colonial knowledge regimes as they are played out through education, politics, law and society among numerous other areas of the modern world. In investigating these knowledge structures students will learn about the diversity of Indigenous cultures in Australia. This will be counterpointed with study of key Indigenous cultures and associated texts in North America, Scandinavia and the Pacific. A focus will be placed on the student's capacity to apply multi-knowledges and interdisciplinary approaches for both complex understanding and the requirements of working with Indigenous communities. From this base students, will learn about the importance of applying Indigenous cultural protocols in the Australian context and in the presentation of Indigenous perspectives in everyday academic, legal, political and economic work. Students will also learn to re-conceptualise problems and question cultural assumptions by negotiating appropriate methodologies to analyse, evaluate and work independently and cooperatively. A variety of methods will be used to achieve engagement, analysis and synthesis including appropriate use of technologies, film, the analysis of texts and learning from Indigenous Elders and academics.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ABORIG 1002
    Course Indigenous Scholarship & Interplay of Knowledges
    Coordinating Unit Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment 500 word Presentation 25%, 1000 word Journal entry 35%, 2000 word Essay (40%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kam Kaur

    Dr Kam Kaur
    Course Coordinator
    Wirltu Yarlu
    Room 105b, Schulz Building
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the contested nature of knowledges in Australia including the construction of power in society
    2. Discuss the ways in which Western disciplines have impacted on Indigenous knowledges or vis-a-vis across the world
    3. Review the similarity and diversity within and between Indigenous and Western knowledges
    4. Develop complex understanding of Indigenous protocols
    5. Analyse the contemporary interactions between nation states and Indigenous people including social, historical, political, legal and economic consideration
    6. Interrogate text, film and other media around complex relationships, indiviudaly and with others
    7. Apply academic rigor and various technologies to locate, access, analyse and represent information
    8. Apply creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems 
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course readings will be listed for each week in the module section of the canvas page available online through MyUni
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be team taught over the semester, comprising of myself and guest lectures, such as, Aboriginal elders, academic and professionals.


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

    Lectures are 1 hour per week and seminars are 2 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Introduction, Kaurna Welcome
    2. Introduction to Knowledge systems and theories
    3. What is Indigenous scholarship - and Indigenous peoples of the world
    4. Contested nature of knowledges - Indigenous voice: the personal is the political
    5. Australia as a nation: cultural identities and complexities
    6. Indigenous nations and Caring for Country
    7. Indigenous families, wellbeing and healing
    8. The Indigenous world, human rights and the law/lore
    9. Earth democracy and our place in the worldUsing
    10. Using Protocols to Negotiate Space
    11. Practical applications for Indigenous knowledges: Turning Points within Academia
    12. Conclusions and moving forward
  • 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 Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Participation and Attendance  Formative and summative

    Throughout Semester 

    10% 2,3,4
    Presentation  Summative See course site 20% 3,4,5
    Summary of weekly readings Summative See course site  30% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Major Essay  Summative  8th Nov  40% 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
    For more information see the course guide
    Assessment Detail
    Students are required to do a 10-15min presentation on a recently sourced article from the media or social media , (newspaper, broadcast, tweets, news etc) that is relation to an Indigenous topic. You will present your analysis in the seminar through a framework - published on MyUni canvas page for this course, (under assessment tabs)

    Journal entries: 
    Students are required to carry out four journal entries, 250 words each, that are reflections on how diverse, different knowledge systems are useful in particular scenarios - refer to course readings from weeks 3 -7.

    Students are required choose one question from a possibility of 4 - please see the MyUni page under assessments for more information
    Assignments 2 and 3 are submitted via MyUni
    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.

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