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ISE3000 Language, Culture, Country and Community

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Languge,Cltre,Country,Comunity
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


Examiner: Cally Jetta

Other requisites

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


Language, culture, country and community are globally understood as contributors to identity. The value that is placed on each of these varies from culture to culture, and from community to community. In a climate of a normalised white Australian culture and society anybody/culture that sits outside this framework is ‘othered’. Within the Indigenous studies major program this course exists to unpack notions of culture, examines the development and function of language in relation to country, and provides students with a theoretical understanding of community.


This is no anthropological gaze at First Nations culture but rather an analysis of systems and structures and the development of these concepts in Western academia and societies and how these developments have impacted on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Words and their meanings will be unpacked alongside modernity's rejection of culture, imagined communities and communities of movement will be looked at against the emergence of communities/cultures of resistance. The dynamic relationship of belonging to and from a place will be explored.


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

  1. examine the construction of community, culture and the role of language in and outside Country.
  2. analyse theoretical and historical perspectives and apply to modern contexts.
  3. explore the relationship between colonised/coloniser.
  4. examine a theorised position of community in contemporary Australian contexts
  5. illustrate the connection between theoretical understandings and lived experience.


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is culture, defining community – theories of social organisation. 20.00
2. Language and culture – language development, borrowings and semantics. 20.00
3. Modernity’s rejection of culture and country. Cartesian dualism 20.00
4. Cultures and communities of resistance 20.00
5. Words and Power, the politics of culture and community. 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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Weir, J 2012, Country, Native Title and Ecology, Australian National University E Press, Canberra.
(Available on StudyDesk.)
United Nations General Assembly 2008, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Publication, New York, United Nations.
(Adopted 13 September 2007) (Recommended).

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.
Aboriginal Law Reform Commission 1998, 'Traditional Aboriginal Society and Its Law', in Edwards, WH (ed.), Traditional Aboriginal Society, Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, South Yarra.
Berndt, RM & CH 1981, The world of the first Australians, Lansdowne Press, Dee Why.
Heckenberg, R 2015, 'Learning in place, cultural mapping and sustainable values on the Millawa Billa (Murray River)', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, vol. 45, 1 - August 2016, pp. pp 1-10.
(available on CJO2015. doi: 10.1017/jie.2015.23.)
Janke, T. and Dawson, P 2012, New tracks: Indigenous knowledge and cultural expression and the Australian intellectual property system; Response to: Finding the Way: a conversation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, conducted by IP Australia and Office for the Arts, Terri Janke & Company Pty Ltd, Rosebery.
Simpson, J, Caffery, J & McConvell, P 2009, Gaps in Australia’s indigenous policy: dismantling bilingual education in the Northern Territory, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra.
Taylor, K & Neidjie, B 1989, Story about feeling, Magabala Books, Broome.
Yunupingu, G 1997, 'From Bark Petition to Native Title', in Yunupingu, G (ed.), Our land is our life: Land Rights: past, present and future, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.
Crocodile Dreaming 2006, DVD, VIDEO, Ronin Films, Canberra.
Johnson, D & Gulpilil, D.
Kleinert, S. and Koch, G. 2012, Urban Representations, Cultural expression, identity and politics, developed from papers presented in the Representation and Cultural expression stream at the 2009 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference, ‘Perspectives on Urban Life: Connections and reconnections’ AIATSIS, Canberra.
Royal Commission into British Nuclear Testing: The Report of the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia, 1985, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra. (Chair: Jim McClelland, Commissioners: Jill Fitch, Dr. William Jonas).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 105.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 09 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 11 Jun 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. At the completion of this course students will have gathered and established skills across the spectrum of Graduate Attributes and Skills at Level 3 Advanced

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. Attendance at off-campus site visits if scheduled.

  4. Attendance at lectures is recommended.

Date printed 18 June 2021