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IA1015 - Indigenous Australian World Views 1: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies

This subject examines the complexities of survival, identity and cultural diversity from an Indigenous perspective. It explores theories of race and the discourses that shape and have shaped the representation of Indigenous Australian cultures. Students examine the role of anthropology and related disciplines in the construction of Indigenousness, and are required to think critically about racial issues that affect the whole Australian community. The subject employs substantial online learning, including web-delivered reading materials, e-mail and discussion boards. Internet access is therefore essential. Students without access to e-mail must notify the subject lecturer before the beginning of semester.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine theories of race and the scientific debates that have shaped relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians from colonisation to the present;
  • Debate the unique part which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have played in Australian society and their role in the development of contemporary and future Australian identity;
  • Examine and clarify the intricacies of the terms survival, identity, spirituality, and cultural diversity;
  • Critically explore Indigenous reports and subsequent legislation resulting from these reports.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: presentations (20%); essays (30%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.