The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To develop basic understanding of Torres Strait Islander culture and lifestyle to assist in capacity to work productively with these peoples.

2. To develop student's capacity for critical thinking, debating and political awareness.

3. To enhance written and oral communication to enhance scholarly ability

4. To encourage and develop comparative analytical skills.

5. Critical examination of policy and practices and their impact on Torres Strait Islander peoples as they relate to current social and economic considerations

6. Demonstration and understanding of social justice and advocacy


  • 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


This course replaces ABOR2250. If you have successfully completed ABOR2250 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral and written assignment

Essay: Major Essay

Essay: Essay: Biographical Account