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IA2017 - Impact of Change on Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective

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

Available to all undergraduate degree students.

This subject examines a variety of changes that have occurred in Indigenous societies in Australia, Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand since colonisation. The impact of change will be analysed in relation to traditions, culture and social organisation. Students will explore the meaning of colonisation, globalisation, technology and economic development for Indigenous peoples as well as the consequences of climate change. A case study approach will use both contemporary and historical issues to show how Indigenous peoples are dealing with change. Students will be introduced to issues and ideas through on-line learning including the discussion board and email, digital media and reading materials. Therefore it is essential to have access to the World Wide Web to complete this subject. Students who do not have access to emails should notify the Subject Coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify varying levels of change over time;
  • Critically analyze the impact of change on traditions, culture and social structure;
  • Explore the meaning of colonization, globalization, technology and economic development for Indigenous peoples;
  • Examine contemporary and historical issues in relation to change for Indigenous peoples.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); essays (30%); assignments (20%).

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