ISE1002 Comparative and Contemporary Indigenous Cultures
|Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Short Description:||Cmprtve & Cntmpry Indig Cultre|
|Faculty or Section :||Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research|
|School or Department :||Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||090311 - Indigenous Studies|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Robyn Heckenberg
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Issues around contemporary Australian First Nations cultures continue to be mired in racist representations of inadequacy. There are also commonalities of experience in other colonised cultures where the coloniser did not leave, and whilst we remain unaware of these it is too easy to lay the blame of contemporary realities on a failure of culture, rather than perfectly executed and planned results of colonisation. This course introduces and engages students with contemporary Indigenous Australian politics, societies and issues in the comparative context of other settler colonial societies. It compares the accounts of First Nations peoples' experience across Pacific nations and Continental America (including Canada and South America).
This course will begin with an introduction to a broad range of issues of relevance to contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. This will be layered against a weekly analysis of other First Nations cultures and their experiences. Through an analysis of academic texts, songs, written stories and video representations an understanding will be gained about international First Nations cultures and how such knowledge theoretically impacts on analysis of Australasian First Nations cultures.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- Evaluate the relationship between history, policy and contemporary notions of disadvantage in an Indigenous Australian context and First Nations context globally.
- Critically reflect on the complex political processes that produce dispossession across the world.
- Explain the changes in the way we communicate (social media, internet, and accessible stories) and how technologies impact on First Nations peoples.
- Recognise, analyse and compare First Nations peoples' experience from around the world.
- Examine concepts of sovereignty, power and agency.
|1.||Contemporary Australian realities||20.00|
|2.||Indigenous peoples and ideologies of the nation state.||20.00|
|3.||The Americas excluding Hawaii||20.00|
|5.||What does this all mean?||20.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=ISE1002)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||100||30||16 Aug 2019|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||100||30||20 Sep 2019|
|ASSIGNMENT 3||100||40||25 Oct 2019|
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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.
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 for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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 items for the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
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 policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.
ISE1002 supports student learning by using various pedagogy methods and appropriate course content. The use of good teaching approaches is designed to ensure students gain knowledge and skills in all Level 1 attributes, with particular focus on those identified in the skill assessment table and more broadly in the Assignment Matrix (above).
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.
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 this 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 the same grades as those students who do possess them.
Students shall adhere to non-racist language within classroom and assessment activities.
Students need to regularly engage within the classroom or virtual classroom sessions and participate during the semester.