KNL2002 On Country Learning: Indigenous Knowledge through Butchulla Culture

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
KNL 2002 2, 2010 ONC On Country Learning: Indigenous Knowledge through Butchulla Culture 1 Fraser Coast

Academic group: FOART
Academic org: FOA003
Student contribution band: 1
ASCED code: 090311



Examiner: Christine Young
Moderator: Bryce Barker


Knowledge of Indigenous peoples around the world is invariably told from a non Indigenous perspective. Aspects of Aboriginal culture involving history, belief, kinship language etc are commonly accessed through text based non-Indigenous sources as part of a pan-continental narrative. The On Country Learning course examines the Australian Aboriginal experience from an indigenous perspective utilising a unique combination of local Butchulla Aboriginal knowledge within the broader framework of Indigenous Studies. Thus broader issues relating to the Indigenous experience in Australia are learnt through local and specific examples involving class room and on country learning.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous societies globally.
Demonstrate a broad understanding of the historical and social contexts of contemporary Aboriginal Australians.
Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of key concepts relating to Aboriginal Lifeways
Demonstrate an understanding of how these broader issues relate to local Butchulla culture in the Hervey Bay region.


Description Weighting (%)
1. Aboriginal Lifeways before Colonisation
2. Aboriginal History and the Colonial Experience
3. Political Struggle and Aboriginal Australians Today
4. Identity, Culture and Race
5. Indigenous Knowledge through Australian Aboriginal Knowledge
6. Introduction to Butchulla culture, history and traditions
7. Aboriginal languages and Butchulla Language
8. Connection to Country, places and meaning (Field Trip)
9. Butchulla Cultural Heritage (Field Trip)
10. Cultural Ecology: Food and the Environment (Field Trip)
11. Butchulla Art and Artists (Field Trip)
12. Aboriginal Australian Communities – future trends
13. Revision and Reflection

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.



Lectures or Workshops 21.00
Field Trips or Excursions 24.00
Private Study 100.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ESSAY (2000-2500 WDS) 30 30 19 Jul 2010 All     (see note 1)
W'SHOP PARTIC/CONTRIB 10 10 19 Jul 2010 All     (see note 2)
ORAL PRESENTATION (30 MINS) 30 30 19 Jul 2010 All     (see note 3)
DAILY REFLEXIVE JOURNAL 30 30 19 Jul 2010 All     (see note 4)
Actual due date to be advised. This assessment is aligned with all objectives
Actual due date to be advised. This assessment is aligned with all objectives
Actual due date to be advised. This assessment is aligned with all objectives
Actual due date to be advised. This assessment is aligned with all objectives.


  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical work and field trips) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval, then a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the assignment will apply for each of the first FIVE working days late, after which a zero mark will be given.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations
  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These polices can be found at the URL


1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (c). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (d) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (e) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (f) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).
2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.
3. Students will require access to email and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

This version produced 17 May 2011.