Aboriginal Cultures - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study - Case Study (50%) , Non-Invigilated Exam - Take-home exam (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Students will develop a broad understanding of Indigenous Australian social, economic and political systems by learning about the social groups and kinship and the concepts of culture, land and boundaries, spiritual construct and its art forms, ethnocentrism and race.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the basic structures, values and features of a variety of Australian Aboriginal societies
  2. identify and explain a variety of ecological and historical factors shaping the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Australia
  3. reflect on Aboriginal concepts relating to land, relationships and language
  4. discuss approaches to the study of Aboriginal societies and relevant literature.
  • Case Study — Case Study (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take-home exam (35%)
  • Reflective Task — Reflective paper (15%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Concepts of culture
2Aboriginal worldviews and philosophy
3Aboriginal worldviews (cont.)
4Law and society: Aboriginal identity then and now
5Social and political organisation
6Art in Aboriginal Societies
7Relatedness and the environment/economic organisation
8Gender relationships
9Language and ceremony
10Culture and colonisation
11Culture and colonisation (cont.)
12Culture, recognition and reconciliation
13Culture, recognition and reconciliation (cont.)

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings
  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Introduction to Aboriginal Societies


    ISBN: 9780170177603


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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