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ABST1020 – Dharug Country: Presences, Places and People

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstance

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor, tutor
Anissa Jones
By appointment
Lecturer, tutor
Jo Rey
By appointment
Tutor
Cassandra Rowe
By appointment
Bronwyn Carlson
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces students to Dharug perspectives about Country, spiritual concepts including human and non-human ancestors, and the importance of connecting to place and belonging. Students will learn valuable insights from a diverse group of Dharug community members telling their own stories about sites of significance to them. Students will be introduced to Dharug language, art and other cultural practices demonstrating the continuity of knowledges that Dharug people have maintained for over 65,000 years.This unit allows students to connect with contemporary Dharug people and learn about the impact of colonisation on the community and also better understand how Dharug people and communities have resisted and survived. Dharug people will share stories of importance so students can be more aware of the politics of place.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Recognise who Dharug people are and their connection to place
  • ULO2: Explore the concept of 'Country' as a relational space
  • ULO3: Describe contemporary Dharug cultural practices and how these are connected to older knowledge systems
  • ULO4: Examine the politics of place and the impact of colonisation on Dharug people and Country

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Video Creation and Presentation 30% No 03.10.2021
Participation 30% No Fortnightly across 6 themes
Reflective Essay 40% No 07.11.2021

Video Creation and Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Media presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 03.10.2021
Weighting: 30%

Create a five-minute Video in relation to a place of Dharug significance on Dharug Country.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recognise who Dharug people are and their connection to place
  • Explore the concept of 'Country' as a relational space

Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Fortnightly across 6 themes
Weighting: 30%

A variety of activities in the online and fieldwork classes.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recognise who Dharug people are and their connection to place
  • Explore the concept of 'Country' as a relational space
  • Describe contemporary Dharug cultural practices and how these are connected to older knowledge systems
  • Examine the politics of place and the impact of colonisation on Dharug people and Country

Reflective Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: 07.11.2021
Weighting: 40%

Write an essay on the essay topic – MAXIMUM 2000 WORDS


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recognise who Dharug people are and their connection to place
  • Describe contemporary Dharug cultural practices and how these are connected to older knowledge systems
  • Examine the politics of place and the impact of colonisation on Dharug people and Country

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

READINGS ABST1020 S2 2021 – UNIT GUIDE INFORMATION

 

THEME 1: NGURRA

Read 1 of the following:

  • Attenbrow, V. (2010). In: Sydney’s Aboriginal Past: Investigating the archaeological and historical records. Pp. 17-45
  • Currie, J. (2008). In: Bo-ra-ne Ya-goo-na Par-ry-boo-go Yesterday Today Tomorrow: An Aboriginal history of Willoughby. Pp. 3-18
  • Knox, K. and Stockton, E. (2019). Aboriginal Heritage of the Blue Mountains: Recent Research and Reflections. Chapter 1.

THEME 2: PRESENCES

Read 2 of the following:

  • Attenbrow, V. (2010).). (Chapter 4) In: Sydney’s Aboriginal Past: Investigating the archaeological and historical records. Pp. 37-46.
  • Currie, J. (2008). In: Bo-ra-ne Ya-goo-na Par-ry-boo-go: Yesterday Today Tomorrow. An Aboriginal history of Willoughby. Pp 58-71
  • Rey (2019)  Tracking Voices: Dharug women’s perspectives on , places, and practices. pp.148-155

 

THEME 3: PLACES

Read 2 of the following:

  • Karskens, G. (2020). People of the River. Ch. 1: pp.17-38
  • Attenbrow, V. (2010).  (Chapter 5). In: Sydney’s Aboriginal Past: Investigating the archaeological and historical records. Pp. 47-56
  • Kohen, J. & Brook, J. (1991). In: The Parramatta Native Institution and the Black Town: a history. Kensington, N.S.W.: New South Wales University Press. Pp. 54-89.
  • Kohen, J. & Brook, J. (1991). In: The Parramatta Native Institution and the Black Town: a history. Kensington, N.S.W.: New South Wales University Press. Pp. 132-157.

THEME 4: PEOPLE

Read Carlson & 1 of the following:

  • Carlson, Bronwyn.  [online]. In: Carlson, Bronwyn. Politics of Identity: Who counts as Aboriginal today? The. Canberra, ACT: Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016: 1-15.
  • Karskens, G. (2020). People of the River, Chapter 11: Family Survival. Pp. 362 -394.
  • Attenbrow, V. (2010). In: Sydney’s Aboriginal Past: Investigating the archaeological and historical records. Pp. 47-56
  • Currie, J. (2008)In: Bo-ra-ne Ya-goo-na Par-ry-boo-go: Yesterday Today Tomorrow. An Aboriginal history of Willoughby. Pp 31- 57.

THEME 5: WHY BOTHER?

Read 2 of 3:

  • Rey, J. and Harrison, N. (2018). Sydney as an Indigenous place: “Goanna walking” brings people together. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. doi: 10.1177/1177180117751930
  • Arabena, Kerry (2015). In: Becoming Indigenous to the Universe: reflections on living systems, indigeneity and citizenship. North Melbourne, Vic. Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 1-15.
  • Steffenson, V. (2020). Fire Country. Ch: 22: Healing People with Country pp171-182

THEME 6: FUTURES?

Read 2 OF THE FOLLOWING

  • Steffenson, V. (2020). Fire Country. Ch. 24: Living Knowledge. Pp 184-205
  • THEME 7: LEAVING PLACE

Choose 2 of the following:

  • Larson, S. and Johnson, J. (2017). (Daniel Wildcat) In: Being Together in Place: Indigenous Co-existence in a more than human world. pp. ix-xii.
  • Larson, S. and Johnson, J. (2017). In: Being Together in Place: Indigenous Co-existence in a more than human world. pp. 1-22.
  • Larson, S. and Johnson, J. (2017). In: Being Together in Place: Indigenous Co-existence in a more than human world. pp.184-202.
  • Rey, J. (2019). In: Country Tracking Voices: Dharug women’s perspectives on presences, places and practices (Thesis). Pp. 310 – 346
  • Re-Read: the articles and materials that have been provided. 

 

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