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SS1010 - Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

What does it mean to be Australian? This subject introduces students to the relevance and importance of social science via a cross-disciplinary focus on social issues and debates concerning Australia. Topics explored include processes of settlement and colonisation; the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures; nationalism, multiculturalism, and the diverse foundations of contemporary Australian identities. Themed lectures introduce students to a range of disciplines in the social sciences, from anthropology to history to sociology and more. The subject is framed around a key theoretical and philosophical debate - 'How much are our choices pre-determined and structured by social forces?' The aim is to help students engage with the historical, cultural and social contexts that contribute to making us who we are.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply key concepts to make sense of cultural diversity in Australia's past, present, and future;
  • summarise qualitative and quantitative research practices in social sciences and humanities;
  • demonstrate critical reading and writing skills through engagement with a range of texts;
  • analyse the location of individuals within the broader context of Australian society;
  • investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on key issues in Australian society.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
    Assessment: quizzes or tests (30%); (20%); essays (50%).

    External, Study Period 1
    Census Date 28-Mar-2019
    Assessment: quizzes or tests (30%); (20%); essays (50%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
    Census Date 28-Mar-2019
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 12 hours tutorials
      Assessment: quizzes or tests (30%); (20%); 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.