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CART11014 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will explore traditional and non-traditional performing arts of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts industry in Australia. You will consider how these arts fit into the Australian and international creative industries. You will examine case studies of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander creative artists. You will reflect on the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art within contemporary Australian society.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Term 2 - 2020 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 7.69% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit Coordinator
Unless CQU can employ a culturally appropriate lecturer for this unit, it is imperative that the Unit Coordinator remains supported and able to engage artists of Aboriginal and Islander heritage to support this unit.
CQU must continue to ensure that delivery of this unit includes inviting guest artists of Aboriginal and/or Islander heritage to speak to this unit around their own arts practices and their cultural and community connections to country. These guest artists should both reflect the diversity of creative arts disciplines (Dance, Theatre, Music, F&TV, Visual Arts) and also the diversity of Australian First Nations peoples (Aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander Australians).
Action Taken
In 2020, guest speakers of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander descent were engaged to provide creative and cultural content to support the integrity of this unit.
Source: Student evaluation.
Good variety of resources used in this unit.
There are no recommendations as this unit will not be offered in 2021 and is not planned for future delivery moving forward.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, visual arts, and dance within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
  2. Describe the role of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art forms in the local, Australian, and international creative industries
  3. Discuss issues around branding, ownership and authenticity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art forms.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment