INDG1000 Indigenous Studies Essentials

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Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
Semester 1OnlineOnline
Semester 2OnlineOnline
This unit is a 'welcome to country' that introduces students to the shared learning space that is The University of Western Australia. This learning space includes both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. The unit looks at the local, national and global contexts of Indigenous peoples. Students consider where the University is located and share in the Noongar story of the place. They explore Aboriginal people in a national context and Indigenous people globally. Students are introduced to a range of protocols relevant to their professional and disciplinary contexts. There are four sections to the unit—(1) Noongar people and the custodianship of country; (2) language, culture and history of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia; (3) Indigenous world views; and (4) cultural literacy in professional contexts. This is a mandatory and informational unit. It provides and tests foundational understandings and knowledge of Indigenous Australians. The unit is non-credit, wholly online and self-paced.
Students are able to (1) gain an introductory understanding of Noongar people and country; (2) gain an understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal knowledge, values and culture; (3) become familiar with basic principles and protocols underpinning ethical practice and working with Indigenous peoples and communities; (4) begin to understand the need to be culturally literate in local and global professional contexts; and (5) identify sources of assistance that can be used to gain further understanding of issues surrounding protocols and practices relating to Indigenous peoples in local, national and global contexts.
This comprises an online quiz (100 per cent). A database of questions addresses all sections of the module. Ten questions are randomly selected each time a student attempts the quiz. Students are permitted to attempt the quiz as often as they wish to achieve the required 80 per cent pass mark.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Darlene Oxenham
Contact hours
self-paced online module
Unit Outline
Semester 1AA_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1AA_2019_ONLINE]
Students can only access this unit via the Learning Management System.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.