Introduction to Torres Strait Islander Studies

Course code ABOR1112Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

The course is an introduction to life and culture of the Indigenous sea-faring people of the northern most tip of Australia, the Torres Strait Islander people. The course will cover from before invasion of the local traditional islander communities to contemporary Torres Strait Islander affairs and situation.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives* To develop basic understanding of Torres Strait Islander culture and
lifestyle to assist in capacity to work productively with these peoples
* To develop student's capacity for critical thinking, debating and
political awareness.
* To enhance written and oral communication to enhance scholarly ability
* To encourage and develop comparative analytical skills.
* Critical examination of policy and practices and their impact on Torres Strait Islander peoples as they relate to current social and economic considerations
* Demonstration and understanding of social justice and advocacy
Content* A Sea-Faring People
* Coming Of The Light - Western Contact
* Ailan Kastom - Life under Mission Management
* Pearling And Trochus Shell Industry
* Torres Strait Infantry
* Torres Strait Islander Employment
* Torres Strait Islander Education
* Torres Strait Islander Health
* Torres Strait Islander Housing
* Land Rights And Native Title In Torres Strait
* Torres Strait Islander Autonomy
Replacing Course(s)ABOR2250 - Comparative Indigenous Cultures I - 10 units
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo assumed knowledge required.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay on Tutorial Presentation Topic 15% 1000 word equivalent
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Essay on topic other than Tutorial Presentation 50% 2,500wrds
ProjectsBiographical account of a famous Torres Strait Islander 25% 1000 words
Presentations - TutorialTutorial Presentation on a weekly topic 10% 500 word equivalent
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ABOR1112