|Semester 2, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Perspectives on Knowledge|
|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: Melanie Waters
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
The Western Eurocentric canon contains both overt and covert racist tendencies. This course provides an analysis of historical and contemporary theories that make up the Western canon, alongside theories that sit outside it, in order to examine the often hidden theories that underpin racial hierarchies. It acts as a counter measure to the subtle and hidden ideologies that posit First Nations peoples, critical analyses and theories as secondary or non-existent in the Western canon. Through an analysis of First Nations theorists, and historical thinking around the Aboriginal body and mind, this course will unpack the veracity of earlier racist theories that ignored the wealth of First Nations knowledge and Indigenous research methodology that has been practiced since the beginning of time.
Through an analysis of historical and contemporary theories that make up the western canon running alongside theories that sit outside of western academia students will gain an insight into the often hidden theories that underpin racial hierarchies. The course will go back to the beginnings of western academic and democratic thinking comparing those explicit written early western theories and their outcomes alongside First Nation theories and intelligentsia. Issues of race, power, knowledge and colonialism will be explored through a combined First Nations and western lens. The dynamic relationship of belonging to country, and the community values associated through this longevity of connection and knowing is theorised through story and place.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- Explain the relationship between natural sciences and Western empirical knowledge systems.
- Articulate the ongoing systems of enquiry, thought and solution of Australian Aboriginal Research methodology.
- Analyse the stages of Western thought throughout the ages.
- Argue and defend epistemological and cosmological theories that exist outside the Western canon.
|1.||pre-modern approaches to knowledge, theories, praxis, techne and First Nation||20.00|
|2.||modernist views of knowledge / post modernity||20.00|
|4.||Darwin/colonialism, racial hierarchies. The invention of racism.||20.00|
|5.||Ideologies of terror: orientalism, globalism, military power and fear.||20.00|
Text and Materials
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=2021&sem=02&subject1=ISE3001)
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||30||30||25 Aug 2021|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||35||35||15 Sep 2021|
|ASSIGNMENT 3||35||35||25 Oct 2021|
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:
Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.
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.
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.
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 lessons and participate during the semester.