INDG40017 - Indigenous Australians: Business and Economy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with a broad overview of the Indigenous Australian economy in Australia and the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia have handled the transition from a subsistence hunter and gatherer economy to a globalised cash economy. After exploring traditional Indigenous Australian economies and trade networks prior to colonisation, the unit examines the impacts of colonisation and earlier government policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economies, and how later policies attempted to promote self-sufficiency in Indigenous Australian communities. Students will then examine the close connections between land rights, globalisation, and mining, before looking at more specific areas in which Indigenous Australians have had economic success, such as tourism, the media industry, and the cultural sector of the economy. Finally, the unit will look at some Indigenous Australian entrepreneurs and visions for the future.


Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2024

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Attendance Requirements

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award 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 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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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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.

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Need to maintain the currency and relevance of the unit content
Continue to research relevant content that might assist students to apply knowledge to their current or future studies.
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The content has been updated regularly, and all the assessment questions have been updated with the intention of creating greater currency, relevance and a higher level of interest.
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Need to provide more resources to compensate for the cancellation of the Residential School.
Set up weekly Zoom sessions that include guest speakers, discussion and relevant academic content.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the transition of Indigenous Australians from a subsistence hunter and gatherer economy to a globalised cash economy.
  2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of government policies upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economies.
  3. Evaluate the connections between land rights, globalisation, mining, and economic self-sufficiency in Indigenous communities.
  4. Identify various areas of business and the economy in which Indigenous Australians have been successful.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9