Worldview and Privillege

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Assessment task: Worldview and Privilege Essay
Intent:
Cultural respect is essential for effective health service delivery to people of all backgrounds, but is
especially significant in the context of the unacceptably poor health outcomes in Australia’s
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This assignment has been designed to provide you
with a beginning understanding of historical events that have resulted in these health disparities and
how power and privilege can impact on health outcomes. This assessment provides you with an
opportunity to demonstrate development of the graduate attribute, Indigenous Cultural Respect and
your written communication skills.
First year students are expected to be able to demonstrate respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the first element of
the REM framework. The elements of respect assessed in this essay are: demonstrated
understanding of the nature of worldviews and culture and correlating the dynamics of power and
privilege with health outcomes.

Task:
Students are to watch the mini-series ‘The Secret River’ and submit an essay that explores issues of
power and privilege portrayed in the film; demonstrates insight into how colonisation continues to
impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health and how an understanding of this
phenomena can contribute to nurses providing culturally safe care. Students will also be assessed
on the depth of respect evident in the work and their ability to use appropriate terminology and
portray people sensitively. Students will submit this work through Turnitin.

Length:
1200 words (+/- 10% including references)

Communication and Diversity: notes to help you with your essay

What do you have to do in this essay?

This essay requires you to relate some of the key events/ideas from a film to concepts of power, privilege and differing worldviews in the Australian context – and then to apply the ideas to healthcare.

 

How do you bring together the readings and the film to make your arguments?

Think about how you have used case studies in your assignments previously – for example,  in ATHC1, you had to think about asthma, adult learning and Joseph, a young teenage boy who had asthma. You had to apply the information you got from your text book and the readings to a specific case study – that of Joseph. (If you didn’t do ATHC1, think about another subject where you had to write a case study response).

 

In this essay, you can use a similar process:

  • you need to apply the information from the readings to the specific ‘case study’ of the film.

 

Do you begin with the film or the readings when writing the essay?

You could begin each section/paragraph with an example/illustration from the film and then bring in evidence from the readings to support the point you are making;

 

OR

You could begin each section with the arguments and evidence from the readings and use the film as an example to illustrate the arguments

Example

The Secret River illustrates how the settlers [what did they do]. [what they did] was underpinned by their world view which was in sharp contrast to that of the local Aboriginal people

OR
One of the key effects of colonisation was xxx. [xxx] was underpinned by a world view that was in sharp contrast to that of the local Aboriginal people [explain more about this]. The Secret River illustrates how …

 

How do you structure the essay?

Read the marking criteria and find out what the key questions are that you need to answer in the essay. Use these to work out the structure. Here is one way that you could structure the essay (you can choose to structure it in a different way – this is only an example).

Introduction

Background information

  • What is the Secret River – brief description
  • What is privilege?
  • What is power (and how are power and privilege relevant to the Secret River)?
  • Current situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health and how that is related to the above points

Purpose of the essay

Outline of the essay

-What the key points/questions are that you write about in your essay

 

Body

  1. How did power and privilege result in Aboriginal people being marginalised?
  • Use evidence from the readings to support your argument
  • Use examples from the film to illustrate your argument

Include

  • how did the language used by the white settlers demonstrate their sense of racial superiority (give examples of the language used)

 

  1. How did power and privilege result in Aboriginal people being disposessed? (Use evidence from the readings to support your argument; Use examples from the film to illustrate your argument)
  • What is dispossession?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How does the film show this?

Include:

  • Different world views of land ownership
  • The relationship Aboriginal people had/have with the land
  • The significance of land ownership for settlers in the film and how it caused conflict

 

 

  1. How and in what ways were white settlers marginalised

 

  1. How do these effects of colonisation (all of the points you made above) impact on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People today?
  • What is institutional racism in the healthcare system?
  • What are some solutions?

 

  1. How does understanding the impact of colonisation help nurses provide culturally safe care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?

CONCLUSION

Sum up the key arguments

Worldview and Privilege Essay • Discuss the feelings of racial superiority demonstrated through language and actions by the white settlers portrayed in the film. Link this discussion to the concepts of power and privilege, marginalisation and dispossession. • The fundamental differences in attitudes towards land use and ownership led to violent conflicts between the settlers and Aboriginal people. Outline how each group regarded land use and ownership. • Discuss how colonisation has impacted on the contemporary health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. • Discuss how an understanding of colonisation in Australia can contribute to nurses providing culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Criterion High Distinction Distinction Credit Pass Fail 20% Understanding of power differentials between groups of people. Demonstrates insight into how power and privilege resulted in the marginalisation and dispossession of Aboriginal people. Convincingly discusses the potential for the white settlers portrayed in the film to also be marginalised in some context. Explains how power and privilege resulted in the marginalisation and dispossession of Aboriginal people. Recognises the potential for the white settlers portrayed in the film to also be marginalised in some context. Correlates the dynamics of power and privilege with the outcome for the Aboriginal people in the film. Describes the nature and dynamics of power and privilege portrayed in the film. Demonstrates limited understanding of the nature and dynamics of power and privilege portrayed in the film. 20% Depth of respect and sensitivity for worldviews, values and beliefs different to their own. Demonstrates cultural humility and nuanced understanding of differing worldviews regarding land ownership. Discussion includes the harmonious, sustainable, relationship Aboriginal people had with the land prior to colonisation and the significance land ownership could have had, for the settlers portrayed in the film. Able to suppress own cultural values in discussion. Demonstrates nuanced understanding of differing worldviews regarding land ownership. Discussion includes the harmonious, sustainable, relationship Aboriginal people had with the land prior to colonisation and the significance land ownership could have had, for the settlers portrayed in the film. Demonstrates understanding of differing worldviews regarding land ownership. Discussion includes the harmonious, sustainable, relationship Aboriginal people had with the land prior to colonisation. Identifies differing worldviews regarding land ownership. Demonstrates limited understanding of worldviews regarding land ownership. 10% Ability to portray people sensitively in writing. Writing is sensitive to how people are represented. All language used in the essay is appropriate regarding history, society, naming, culture, spirituality and classifications of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Where appropriate, Aboriginal people are referred to by their country, nation, or language group rather than generic identifiers such as Aboriginal or Indigenous. Writing is sensitive to how people are represented. Terminology referring to Indigenous Peoples is correct and proper nouns are capitalised. Where appropriate, Aboriginal people are referred to by their country, nation, or language group rather than generic identifiers such as Aboriginal or Indigenous. Writing is sensitive to how people are represented. Terminology referring to Indigenous Peoples is mostly correct and proper nouns are capitalised. An effort has been made to portray people sensitively however, inadvertent errors have been made. Writing is insensitive to how people are represented. 10% Understanding of how colonisation continues to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health. Demonstrates insightful understanding of how colonisation continues to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health. Can confidently discuss institutional racism in the Australian health care system and provide solutions sourced from scholarly literature. Demonstrates understanding of how colonisation continues to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health. Includes discussion of institutional racism in the Australian health care system. Thoughtfully discusses how colonisation continues to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health. An attempt has been made to include discussion of how colonisation continues to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health. Demonstrates limited understanding of how colonisation continues to impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ health. 20% Recognition that understanding the legacy of colonisation can contribute to nurses providing culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Demonstrates insight into how understanding the legacy of colonisation in Australia can contribute to nurses providing culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Demonstrates understanding of diversity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Recognises that all Australians are colonised. Articulates a personal legacy regarding practicing in a culturally safe manner. Demonstrates insight into how understanding the legacy of colonisation in Australia can contribute to nurses providing culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Demonstrates understanding of diversity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Recognises that all Australians are colonised. Recognises that understanding the legacy of colonisation in Australia can contribute to nurses providing culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Refers to an understanding of colonisation in Australia contributing to nurses providing culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Demonstrates limited understanding of how understanding colonisation in Australia can contribute to nurses providing culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 20% Demonstration of effective written communication that adheres to the conventions of academic writing. Very well written with proper paragraph and sentence structure. Arguments are insightful. Well written with proper paragraph and sentence structure. Well written with acceptable paragraph and sentence structure. The essay has captured most of the main ideas however the standard of writing detracts from the readers understanding. The essay is poorly written. Cited sources are integrated well into the text and cited correctly. Each reference appears in a final reference list formatted according to Harvard UTS. There is evidence of research beyond provided resources. Additional references are provided from reputable sources. Cited sources are integrated well into the text and cited correctly. Each reference appears in a final reference list formatted according to Harvard UTS. There is evidence of research beyond provided resources. Cited sources are integrated into the text. Each reference appears in a final reference list formatted according to Harvard UTS. There may be minor errors in either the citation and/or referencing formatting. Cited sources are integrated into the text. Each reference appears in a final reference list formatted according to Harvard UTS. There may be major errors in either the citation and/or referencing formatting. There has been no attempt to integrate literature into the text and/or there are major formatting issues that imply the student has made no attempt to follow Harvard UTS formatting.



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