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INDG11013 - Introductory Aboriginal & Islander History

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit offers a broad overview of the history of interaction between Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders, and the wider Australian community from 1788 to the present. It begins by posing questions about what constitutes indigenous history, how should it be written, and by whom. It then surveys pre-colonial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, examining among other things western theories and indigenous perceptions of origins, social organisation, social values, kinship, and material culture. It goes on to describe and analyse 'first contact', and conflict on the colonial frontier, before embarking on a critical appraisal of government 'native' policy. The unit examines issues such as the 1960s Equal Pay cases, Land Rights and the 'stolen generations', in their historical context, and traces the emergence of a vigorous indigenous political culture.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

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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. Portfolio 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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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Assignments taking too long to be returned.
There will be a new full-time UC in place for 2018, and assessment will be returned in a timely manner.
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A new coordinator was employed. The issue re returning of assignments on time was resolved.
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Clarity of and reduction in the assignment questions
The unit assignment questions be re-written.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop in students a broad knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  2. Foster an unprejudiced understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and an acceptance of the informed opinions of others.
  3. Encourage an understanding of key problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and their elucidation by evidence-based research.
  4. Develop the following skills: •i. The ability to explain the significance of historical events and processes relevant to period. •ii. The ability to critique historical interpretations and their applications to contemporary global issues •iii. The ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations •iv. The ability to locate, retrieve organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence. •v. The ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employing the required referencing methods where necessary •vi. The ability to be self directed and self disciplined, and to show initiative.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment