The School Of Indigenous Studies
Unit Coordinator – Kurtis Leslie
Unit web site - WEBCT
UNIT DESCRIPTION 1
Unit content 1
Learning outcomes 1
CONTACT DETAILS 2
TEACHING AND LEARNING RESPONSIBILITIES 3
Teaching and learning strategies 3
Charter of student rights 3
Student Guild contact details 3
Use of student feedback 3
ASSESSMENT MECHANISM 4
Assessment mechanism summary 4
Assessment details 4
Ethical Scholarship, Academic Literacy and Academic Misconduct 6
Appeals against academic assessment 6
TEXTBOOK(S) & RESOURCES 7
Unit Website 7
Recommended/required text(s) 7
Additional resources & reading material 7
UNIT STRUCTURE 8
UNIT SCHEDULE 8
Aboriginal Voices enables students to come to an understanding of Aboriginal Australia
by studying various aspects of Aboriginal culture and society at local and national
levels. The course is also designed to raise questions about the ‘history’ of Australia
and in particular, the exclusion of ‘Aboriginal peoples’ voices and experiences from this
‘history’. Students examine the historical basis of current debates such as the Stolen
generations and native title and demonstrate their understanding through a creative
In the second semester Aboriginal voices unit students will not be introduced to new
lecture topic but will revisit topics covered in first semester of which will be the
foundation for learning. In addition, students will be introduced to further ways to
explore creative and artistic expressions of relevant issues affecting Aboriginal
peoples, which will be the lead into, working once again as a team, to develop and
deliver their own understandings in a creative way, via several new creative vehicles of
expression. These vehicles, a book of poems, individual journal and a play will both be
undertaken, developed and delivered by the students.
On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
• To summarise the role of social and economic developments, education
practices, law, media and sport in shaping Indigenous Australia
• Demonstrate a sense of community responsibility within the classroom through
group work and participation in community programs
• To Demonstrate the ability to self reflect and articulate educated viewpoints
• To analyse Indigenous issues and to offer solutions
• To Demonstrate and participate in group work
• To demonstrate respect for classmates
• To demonstrate an ability to public speak
• To organise and meet deadlines
• To be punctual
• To give their best
Unit Outline for Aboriginal Voices
Unit contact The School of Indigenous Studies
name: Kurtis Leslie
consultation hours: Open Door Policy
lecture times: Monday 2 -4pm
Tutorial times: Thursday 9-10am and 10-11am
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TEACHING AND LEARNING RESPONSIBILITIES
Teaching and learning strategies
In this unit students will be using both group and Individual learning activities, in both
the lecture and tutorial sessions. The purpose of these activities is to explore
Indigenous Identity through personal reflection. Students will be expected to effectively
manage time, analyse ones own understanding of subject knowledge and to meet
assessment deadlines and to work cooperatively in groups.
Charter of student rights
This Charter of Student Rights upholds the fundamental rights of students who
undertake their education at the University of Western Australia.
It recognises that excellence in teaching and learning requires students to be active
participants in their educational experience. It upholds the ethos that in addition to the
University's role of awarding formal academic qualifications to students, the University
must strive to instil in all students independent scholarly learning, critical judgement,
academic integrity and ethical sensitivity.
Please refer to the guild website the full charter of student rights, located at
Student Guild contact details
The University of Western Australia Student Guild
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009
Phone: (+61 8) 6488 2295
Facsimile: (+61 8) 6488 1041
Use of student feedback
The unit will be periodically evaluated and the feedback from students will be taken into
account when the unit is updated.
Unit Outline for Aboriginal Voices
Assessment mechanism summary
Item Weight Due date
Journal 30% Week 4, 8 & 14 (August 13th,
September 17th, October 30th )
Book of Poetry 25% Week 7 September 3rd
Play 25% Week 13 October 22nd
Attendance 10% Week 1 to Week 13
Reflective Essay 10% Week 13 October 23rd
Assessment details: Students must pass all assessment components, so
must get a mark of 50% for each assessment, in order to receive a mark
for the Aboriginal voices unit.
Please note: all assessments must be handed in by 5 pm.
Students will be expected to complete a weekly entry. It can be more than 1 page but
no less than one. Each journal entry must include the subject title of lecture and date of
entry. The Journals must be submitted on the Tuesday of each month (check lecture
outline). Late journals will be deducted 2% a day from the total mark. Students will
have 3 days, in which to hand it in. Anything beyond that will not be accepted.
Book of Poetry
Students will be put into groups and expected to research and produce a mini book of
poetry that reflects the various topics covered in 1rst semester Aboriginal voices. The
format of the book of poetry will be discussed in the first few weeks of Aboriginal
voices. Please note: students will have a small percentage of the book of poetry mark
allocated for peer assessment.
The book of poetry must be submitted on the 5th of September. Otherwise the individual
student who has not completed their work will receive a zero.
Students will be put into groups, were they will expected to write a script, develop
characters, perform in the play, design and create stage set and costumes. Then
purpose of this assessment is to encapsulate what was learnt in 1rst semester through
the creative medium of theatre.
Students will be marked on their commitment to attending Aboriginal voices lectures.
If you know that you will be late or absent you need to ring and let me know or leave a
message with the front office. If you are absent for any assessment that requires you to
be present in order to receive a mark you must produce a Medical certificate otherwise
you will receive a zero.
Students will have to write a reflective essay on their 1rst year experience. The
reflective story must be submitted on the 23rd of October.
Getting to class on time is going to be an important focus area for second semester
and various initiatives will be used to develop and reinforce punctuality.
Late assignments will be penalised.
20% 1- 6 Days late (1st week)
Assignments WILL NOT be accepted after 7 days or 1 week (weekend days included -
a zero will be awarded).
Assignments must be handed in on the due date nominated by the lecturer. If an
assignment is not handed in on the due date it will not be accepted. If you are unable to
meet the deadline, it is your responsibility to speak to the Course Coordinator for an
extension (Min 3 days before due). The granting of that extension and the days allowed
will be negotiated by the individual lecturer and Unit Coordinator. Asking for an
extension one day before or on the date the assignment is due is not acceptable.
Unit Outline for Aboriginal Voices
Ethical Scholarship, Academic Literacy and Academic
[Ethical scholarship is the pursuit of scholarly enquiry marked by honesty and
Academic Literacy is the capacity to undertake study and research, and to
communicate findings and knowledge, in a manner appropriate to the particular
disciplinary conventions and scholarly standards expected at university level.
Academic misconduct is any activity or practice engaged in by a student that
breaches explicit guidelines relating to the production of work for assessment, in a
manner that compromises or defeats the purpose of that assessment. Students must
not engage in academic misconduct. Any such activity undermines an ethos of
ethical scholarship. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to cheating, or
attempting to cheat, through:
• Inappropriate collaboration
• Misrepresenting or fabricating data or results or other assessable work
• Inappropriate electronic data sourcing/collection
• Breaching rules specified for the conduct of examinations in a way that may
compromise or defeat the purposes of assessment.
Penalties for academic misconduct vary according to seriousness of the case, and may
include the requirement to do further work or repeat work; deduction of marks; the
award of zero marks for the assessment; failure of one or more units; suspension from
a course of study; exclusion from the University, non-conferral of a degree, diploma or
other award to which the student would otherwise have been entitled.
Refer to the Ethical Scholarship, Academic Literacy and Academic Misconduct and
individual Faculty policies.
Appeals against academic assessment
If students feel they have been unfairly assessed, they have the right to appeal their
mark by submitting an Appeal Against Academic Assessment form to the Head of
School and Faculty Office. The form must be submitted within twelve working days of
the formal despatch of your unit assessment. It is recommended that students contact
the Guild Education Officers to aid them in the appeals process. They can be contacted
on +61 8 6488 2295 or email@example.com. Full regulations governing
appeals procedures are available in the University Handbook, available online at
TEXTBOOK(S) & RESOURCES
Accessing WEBCT will be important resource for this unit. It will include power-point
presentations, videos, links and a calendar of events.
Note: It will be your responsibility to print out the lecture handouts before class
unless otherwise told.
Students will be given readings that can be obtained from WEBCT prior to Tutorials
Additional resources & reading material
Unit Outline for Aboriginal Voices
• Lectures/Intensive sessions
The lectures are important to completing all assessment components.
The lectures will take place on Monday afternoons from 2 to 4pm.
The tutorials are also an important component of successfully
completing the course. The tutorials take place on Thursday mornings
and will run for 1 hour. Students will be allocated the session times at
the first lecture and are expected to come to that nominated session.
Session times are 9-10am and 10-11am.
Week Week Lecture Tutorial
no. beginning Monday 2 -4 pm Thursday 9-11
July 20 Study Skills Session Unit Overview – course outline and
2 Lecture overview 1rst semester
July 27 Workshop – stolen generation and family
Start Poetry Workshop
3 Aug 4
Workshop – Identity and Culture Workshop - Revision
4 Workshop – Self determination and Workshop – black deaths in custody and
5 Aug 17
Workshop – Wadgemup and Weeraar Workshop - Revision
6 Workshop – health and wellbeing and
Aug 24 Workshop – sporting icons and Anzacs
language art and country
7 Aug 31 Workshop – Revision
Workshop – native title and sorry day
(Book of Poetry due)
Sept 7 Study Break
Introduction to Play – Group Workshop – sharing group ideas and
Sept 14 discussion/break into groups develop formatting play
ideas (Journal due)
Play – script writing/building character
9 Play – script writing/building character
Sept 21 and dialogue
10 Sept 28
Play – group practice Play – costumes and set design
Oct 5 Play – Group practice Play – costumes and set design
12 Oct 12
Play - Rehearsal Play – costumes and set design
Oct 19 Play - Rehearsal
(Reflective essay due)
Oct 26 Study week (Journal due)