Aboriginal Foundation Studies

Description

"" Country is alive with information for those who have learned to understand.""

(D. Bird- Rose 2000 p.225)

This course provides an understanding of the relevant issues underlying traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies. It explores the underpinning of all relationships and interactions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family networks and demonstrates the vitality of cultures that still exists in NSW and elsewhere. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander philosophy and its impact on the understanding of country is an essential component of the course.

Availability

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Provide an insight into traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia BC.

2. Deconstruct the anthropological myths.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures/ peoples

4. Provide the foundation for future knowledge relating to contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

5. Demonstrate the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' knowledge of the environment

Content

Course Content:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander philosophies
  • Kinship networks
  • Obligations rights and duties
  • Role of elders
  • The organisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies
  • The lore
  • The lifelong learning system
  • Economical system of Indigenous societies
  • Traditional environmental knowledge's

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Collaborative talking circle: Weekly contributions to online discussion forum

Written Assignment: Special study

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study

Contact Hours

Integrated Learning Session

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term