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ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Introduction to ATSI Australia
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090311 - Indigenous Studies
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 April 2021


Examiner: Melanie Waters

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course introduces and engages students with contemporary Indigenous Australian politics, societies and issues in the comparative context of settler colonial societies. This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content and contexts.


This course will introduce students to a broad range of issues of relevance to contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. While there will be emphasis on South East and Western Queensland, students will also gain an understanding of regional variation and place based cultures across Australia. Issues will include, but not be limited to, identity, land, history, policy and politics. Through an analysis of contemporary society, the course will examine the historical dispossession and exclusion that left Aboriginal and Islander peoples as non-citizens and without rights. The process to 'reconciliation' through citizenship and self-determination/management and the current debates around sovereignty, constitutional recognition and Treaties will all be explored. This course will privilege Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders writers/theorists, elders and positions.


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

  1. demonstrate analytical skills to evaluate the relationship between history and policy in an Indigenous Australian context.
  2. critically analyse the complex political processes that produce dispossession.
  3. examine and identify Indigenous knowledge through academic processes.
  4. examine contemporary political institutions and processes, policies and their ongoing and historical role in dispossession.
  5. demonstrate suitable Indigenous research methods to address social issues involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.


Description Weighting(%)
1. History as past, present and future 20.00
2. Treaty/Sovereignty/recognition – I am not the problem 20.00
3. Indigenous research methodologies 20.00
4. Resistance, justice and rights 20.00
5. Contemporary society 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). (

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Bourke, C, Bourke, E & Edwards, WH (eds) 1998, Aboriginal Australia: an introductory reader in Aboriginal studies, University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Queensland.
Broome, R 2010, Aboriginal Australia: a history since 1788, 4th edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, New South Wales.

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.
Crugnale, J 1995, Footprints Across our land: short stories by senior western desert women, Magabala Books, Broome, Western Australia.
Gilbert, K 1978, Living black: blacks talk to Kevin Gilbert, Penguin Books, Ringwood, Victoria.
Hall, RA 1995, Fighters from the fringe: Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders recall the Second World War, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT.
Nakata, M 2007, Disciplining the savages: savaging the disciplines, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT.
Price, K 2015, Knowledge of life: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.
Sharp, N 1993, Stars of Tagai: the Torres Strait Islanders, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT.
Stanner, WEH 1979, White man got no dreaming: essays 1938-1973, Australian National University Press, Canberra, ACT.
The Australian Broadcasting Commission 2012, Mabo, ABC in association with Blackfella Films, Ultimo. Video and electronic access through USQ Library.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 105.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 30 22 Mar 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 30 26 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 40 40 31 May 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

  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.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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 policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. 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

  2. ISE1000 supports student learning by using teaching methods and course content, as well as a good teaching methods to ensure students gain 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).

Other requirements

  1. 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

  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 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.

  3. Students shall adhere to non-racist language within classroom and assessment activities.

  4. Students need to regularly engage within the classroom or virtual classroom lessons and participate during the semester.

Date printed 17 April 2021