INDG19015 - Aboriginal Cultures and Country

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you examine Aboriginal cultures and their relationships with country and Land (Land is capitalised to reflect its differing meaning for Indigenous cultures and knowledge systems). You will learn and draw on Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholarship to explore differing cultural concepts of Land: culture and country. You will develop your understanding of Aboriginal beliefs, value and knowledge systems. You will learn the importance and use of theory from colonialism, settler colonialism, decolonisation and the cultural interface to deepen your understandings of Aboriginal culture and country.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 31.82% 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: SUTE Teacher Evaluations
Make sure feedback is clear and useable
Provide markers with clearer instructions on how to give useful feedback for assessment items.
Action Taken
Markers participated in a zoom workshop to clarify how to provide actionable feedback. This will take place before each assessment item is due to reinforce what is required.
Source: SUTE Evaluations
Unit is not enjoyable for some students
Investigate the unit and refresh those areas that may be contributing to low student satisfaction, mindful that the unit will be completely refreshed for 2024.
Action Taken
Some areas of the unit have been refreshed.
Source: SUTE evaluation
Provide students with the opportunity to research and write about First Nations people and connection to country in their particular area via assessment choices.
Add an additional assessment topic choice to allow for students to research and write about aspects of First Nations people and connection to country where they live.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain Indigenous understandings of Land
  2. Place Indigenous culture and country in the context of the cultural interface post-colonisation (settler-colonial) history, social structure and race relations
  3. Analyse questions of identity, voice and power in the representation/silencing of Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on culture and country
  4. Evaluate political and social debates about Indigenous culture and country using a cultural interface perspective.

not applicable.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - 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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment