ARTSC101-18B (HAM)

Indigenous Social Science Research

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This is an introductory paper where students learn about Indigenous approaches to social science research.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is delivered through a weekly two hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • A critical awareness of the historic and political context of social science research with indigenous peoples.
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  • Comprehension of the research cycle including its complexities and ethical requirements.
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  • Develop foundations skills for utilising key research methods.
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  • Develop skills in communicating research knowledge and understanding effectively through oral and written research presentations.
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There are three components to the assessment in this course. Each one is designed to address the objectives outlined in the course guide.

Assignments must be submitted via Turnitin in Moodle. I will aim to turn marked assignments around in approximately three weeks. Marked assignments will be posted back through Moodle – you will receive an email advising you that your marked essay is available for viewing.

Assessment 1: Bi-WeeklyTutorial Exercises

Students are to complete 6 tutorial-based exercises of 400 words each. The assessments will be due every two weeks, based on the readings and tutorial exercises. The exercises will revolve around a small number of questions related to the topics covered. Students will need to demonstrate engagement with lecture, tutorial and reading materials in order to do well in this assessment. Students three best marks out of the six exercises will count to the final mark for this assignment. The exercise will begin on Friday 20 July when the first 'exercise' is due, and will end on Friday 20 September.

Assessment 2: Group Project and Individual Summary

The group project is designed to develop collaboration and communication skills when working as an active and contributing team member. The assessment exercise will be the presentation of the group effort via a 3-5 minute audio-visual presentation (eg., ppt with voice over…video clip) that is worth 15% of the final mark. The audio-visual presentation will be based on a scenario allocated to each group by the convenor.

Assessment 3: Individual Summary (of the Group Project)

The individual summary, worth 20% of the total mark, is a writing exercise (1000-1200 word) that asks students to summarise and reflect on the process of the group exercise, the student’s contribution to the project and collaboration with peers. The assessment focus is on the students ability to be self-reflective and evaluative of their own contribution to the group presentation.

Assessment 4: Exam

The final exam is compulsory. It will take place in the examination period at the end of B Semester. The Assessment Office of the University will publish the date of the exam later in B Semester. The make up of the examination will be clarified in the latter part of the course. All lecture materials, handouts and readings will be considered for examination.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Tutorial Exercises
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Group Project
27 Sep 2018
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Individual Summary (of the Group Project)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Exam
  • Other:
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The required readings appear in the topics section of this outline. There is no set text book for this paper.
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Recommended Readings

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A list of recommended readings is included on the Moodle site.
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Online Support

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Moodle is the primary online support system for this paper. Students are expected to read the required reading(s) and utilise the material available on Moodle for each topic.

If a notice is sent out via Moodle, it is assumed you will have received it. If material is placed on Moodle, it is assumed you have access to it. If, for any reason, you are unable to access Moodle, please advice Juan so that alternative arrangements can be made until you do have access to Moodle.

Students are expected to utilise the material available on Moodle, but must also undertake the independent research to locate further appropriate material for assessments and other aspects of the paper. Reading a range of academic material relevant to the topic is crucial to adequately complete any assignment.

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This paper is worth 15 points - as a full semester workload is 60 points, students should expect to devote at least 25% of a full-time workload to this paper - i.e. ten hours per week through the entire semester, comprised of both lecture and tutorial attendance, and self-directed study - reading, writing assessments and revision. Students are expected to manage their workload to allow for this to be undertaken in a timely fashion.
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