INDG40018 - Indigenous Australians: The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit not only provides students with a broad overview of the arts, humanities and social sciences, but it also assesses the valuable contribution made by Indigenous Australians to these fields of study. The unit is delivered in three modules, namely 'The Arts', 'The Humanities', and 'The Social Sciences'. Students will discover throughout the unit that these divisions are mainly for ease of unit delivery, and that there are often no clear distinctions between the arts and humanities, or between the humanities and the social sciences. The first module explores the Visual Arts, including painting and drawing, graphic arts and design, and film and photography; it then looks at the Creative Arts, which include dance, music, theatre, and writing. The second module, 'The Humanities', explores fields of study such as history, geography, cultural studies, languages, and literature studies. The final module examines social sciences, including psychology, sociology, law, philosophy, and social work. In each module, students will gain an understanding of traditional ways in which Indigenous Australians practiced the arts, humanities and social sciences; the impacts of colonisation and government policies on Indigenous cultures; and the contributions made by Indigenous Australians to the arts, humanities and social sciences.


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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2024

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 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 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 25%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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: Student evaluation.
Support for students throughout the term.
Maintain student engagement and support the cultural needs and obligations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Action Taken
Engagement, cultural support and obligations of all TEP students has been continued without exception.
Source: Staff Feedback
Need to provide more resources to compensate for the cancellation of the TEP Residential School.
Set up weekly Zoom sessions that include guest speakers, discussion and relevant academic content.
Action Taken
In Progress
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the indistinct boundaries, or overlaps, between the arts and humanities, and between the humanities and social sciences.
  2. Analyse the historical and contemporary impacts of colonisation and government policies upon Indigenous Australian cultural activities, especially those associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  3. Evaluate the contribution made by Indigenous Australians, both historical and contemporary, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.
  4. Identify the various fields of study that are associated with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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