|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jo ReyConvenor, tutor
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.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
General Assessment Information
Late Submission Penalty
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.
Terminology protocols for Indigenous Studies
In Australia there are two distinct Indigenous peoples: Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.
When writing about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders do not use the acronym ‘ATSI’, write in full. Capital letters should always be used when referring to Aboriginal peoples and or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are acceptable terms to use, it should be recognised that these are collective terms and often used improperly to impose a single identity on the many different communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people generally prefer to be known by the language/cultural groups or communities, to which they belong, that is, own names rather than terms such 'the Aboriginals' or 'the Islanders'. For example, Aboriginal people in the area surrounding Macquarie University may refer to themselves as Dharug. It is important that you always check the correct name or terms to use for people in the area/region.
The use of incorrect, inappropriate or dated terminology is to be avoided as it can give offence. Many historical terms or those in common usage some years ago are now not acceptable, including terms such as 'aborigine' ‘native’, ‘savage’ and ‘primitive’. Similarly, do not use the terms ‘half-caste’, ‘part-Aborigine/Aboriginal’ or any reference to skin colour or physical features, as they do not signify that a person is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and may cause offence. When quoting from academic or other sources that uses inappropriate, dated terminology or racists language, use (sic) directly after the inappropriate term of phrase, thus calling attention to the fact that it has been sourced from the original and that you understand it to be outdated, inappropriate or problematic in the contemporary context.
For more information please refer to the Terminology Guide available in iLearn.
Referencing is an essential component of academic writing or presentation since it enables the reader to follow up the source of ideas and information presented in your work, and to examine the interpretation you place on the material discovered in your research. Reliable referencing clearly indicates where you have drawn your own conclusions from the evidence presented. Importantly, much of the material you will use is covered by copyright which means that you must acknowledge any source of information, including books, journals, newsprint, images and the internet. It is obligatory for students to reference all sources used in their written work including electronic material. Students should consult the University library website for a detailed explanation and examples of how to reference electronic material correctly Different programs use different referencing styles to reflect the needs of their discipline. It is the student’s responsibility to check which referencing style is used. Indigenous Studies use the Harvard referencing style.
|Video Creation and Presentation||30%||No||03.10.2021|
|Participation in all content and tasks||30%||Yes||fortnightly across 6 themes|
Review all material related to Dharug Country and create a five-minute Video in relation to a comparable place of significance to your local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community representing Country (this may be Dharug Country depending on where students are located).
Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: fortnightly across 6 themes
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)
A variety of activities in the online and fieldwork classes.
Write an essay on the essay topic – MAXIMUM 2000 WORDS
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
READINGS ABST1020 S2 2021 – UNIT GUIDE INFORMATION
THEME 1: NGURRA
Read 1 of the following:
THEME 2: PRESENCES
Read 2 of the following:
THEME 3: PLACES
Read 2 of the following:
THEME 4: PEOPLE
Read Carlson & 1 of the following:
THEME 5: WHY BOTHER?
Read 2 of 3:
THEME 6: FUTURES?
Read 2 OF THE FOLLOWING
Choose 2 of the following:
See iLearn site for schedule.
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