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HUS7004 Indigenous Cultural Studies

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Version produced : 8 March 2013

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Examiner: Myra Singh
Moderator: John Williams-Mozley


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have occupied Australia for at least 60 000 years and during this time have developed rich, cultural, diverse and complex families and societies. This course introduces and exposes students to the histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and societies through to a contemporary context. By completing this course students will gain a respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within Australia. This appreciation will lead to a greater awareness of the many races, cultures and languages within multi-cultural Australia. The modules of the course, taught in conjunction with the other Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) courses of HUS7001 - Introduction to Computing Basics, HUS7002 - Nguya Goolpanie? What Did You Say? Study Skills and HUS7003 - Imbala - Hearing to Understand: Thinking to Write will further enhance students' communication skills. This course reinforces the research and communication skills developed through the IHEP Program.


Using a process of self-paced instruction and research, the course follows a sequence of topics that focuses on Indigenous culture. A timeline approach, which follows Indigenous Australian lifestyles from creation, through invasion and contemporary issues, is adopted. The teaching strategy will be inclusive of culturally relevant instruction and perspectives. Hence, this enables students to feel more comfortable in addressing Indigenous and non-Indigenous viewpoints and histories.


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

  1. recognize and discuss the diversity of Indigenous Australian peoples and to recognize them as being the original occupants of this land
  2. discuss traditional Indigenous Australian societies and families before the invasion of Australia
  3. describe outcomes experienced by both Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples during the invasion/contact period
  4. express an insight into the contemporary lifestyles, family structures and issues of Indigenous Australian peoples
  5. demonstrate the capacity to answer set research questions
  6. compose a piece of writing that broadly adheres to conventions
  7. comprehend and apply appropriate referencing systems with some errors (critically analyse sources for credibility, bias, relevance)
  8. comprehend basic theory, concepts and processes: comprehend existence of different positions on theory and concepts
  9. work successfully as part of a team
  10. reflect on their experience as part of a team


Description Weighting(%)
1. Research, Annotated Referencing and Oral Presentations 4.00
2. The Invasion Period 7.00
3. Effects of Government Policies on Indigenous Peoples 7.00
4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Spirituality and Creation 7.00
5. Aspects of Traditional Aboriginal Society 7.00
6. Aspects of Traditional Torres Strait Islander Society 7.00
7. Discrimination and Racism 7.00
8. Education and Employment 7.00
9. Health, Housing and Welfare 7.00
10. Media and the Arts 7.00
11. Cultural Heritage and Language Maintenance 7.00
12. Native Title and Land Rights 7.00
13. Reconciliation and Post Millennium 5.00
14. Group dynamics 7.00
15. Government Law and Policy Formation 7.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

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.
  • Broome, R 1982, Aboriginal Australians. Black Response to White Dominance, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
  • Singe, J 1989, The Torres Strait Island. People and History, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Woolminton, J.ed 1988, Aborigines in Colonial Society, 1788 - 1850, University of New England, Armidale.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 30.00
Private Study 90.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 2000 WDS 100 30 23 Sep 2011
GROUP ASSIGNMENT 100 30 28 Oct 2011
ORAL PRESENTATION & SCRIPT 100 30 11 Nov 2011 (see note 1)

  1. The Oral Presentation will be held during Residential School 2. Students will be advised of the date after the Residential School timetable has been finalised

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance at the scheduled Residential School is COMPULSORY. This is required in order to meet course objectives. It is the student's responsibility 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. 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 of the Examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the assigned marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each week late.

  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 and have satisfactorily met attendance requirements.

  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 Final Test for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no Final test in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary tests.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6 Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  4. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the Examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  5. 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 working day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner’s convenience.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for a Final Test at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a 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).

  7. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.