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

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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 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

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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.

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