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ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia

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 : Band 1
ASCED code : 090311 - Indigenous Studies
Grading basis : Graded

Other requisites

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


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 a weekly lecture and a two hour tutorial the course will, through an analysis of contemporary society, 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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2020 Online
Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2020 Online
Date printed 12 February 2021