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BA1001: Time, Truth, and the Human Condition Guide: Getting Started

JCU Library and The Learning Centre resources to help you with your BA1001 assessment tasks

Caring for the Tropical World


Click the links below, do some background reading, and get a better understanding of your topic. The suggested keywords will help you get started with your assignment research.


Topic: The human condition through a tropical lens

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Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Human, society, civilisation, population, culture
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. mass tourism, rising sea levels, health...? 

Build your search, e.g.:

  • (society OR culture) AND Bali AND "religious beliefs"
  • population AND tropics AND megacities
  • society AND "South East Asia" AND food

Topic: The fossil record

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Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Fossils, bone, shells, petrification
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries/locations
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. mass tourism, rising sea levels, health...? 

Build your search, e.g.:

  • Fossils AND "faunal collapse" AND Melanesia
  • "Shell middens" AND (aboriginals OR indigenous OR "torres strait islanders") AND "Cape York" AND archaeology
  • Fossils AND looting AND heritage AND India

Topic: Language and Identity

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Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: language, identity, community
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. texting, Indigenous languages, Pidgin/Creole

Build your search, e.g.:

  • Singlish AND culture AND Singapore
  • English AND trade AND cultural-change AND Indonesia
  • New Caledonia AND French AND identity

Topic: Designing or creating for the care of the tropical world

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Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: NGOs, government programs, foreign aid
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. arts, recovery from disaster, environment

Build your search, e.g.:

  • Non-government organisations AND Borneo AND reforestation
  • Security AND "Australian Federal Police" AND "Solomon Islands"
  • Ache AND reconstruction AND tsunami

Topic: Paradigm change in the tropical world

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Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Paradigm (concept + change)
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. wealth, missionary activities, farming...?

Build your search, e.g.:

  • Paradigm AND postcolonial AND governance AND Philippines
  • Paradigm AND "indigenous languages" AND culture AND "Northern Australia"
  • Paradigm AND "mobile phones" AND information AND Myanmar

Topic: Human remains

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Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Human remains, bones, graves, DNA
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. crime, archeology, science...?

Build your search, e.g.:

  • DNA AND "crime scenes" AND Singapore
  • Burial AND jars AND Laos
  • Repatriation AND "human remains" AND "Arnhem Land"

Topic: Indigenous Communities Expressing Their Views

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Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Voice, decision-making, engagement, consultation
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. government programs, native title, ways of knowing

Build your search, e.g.:

  • "torres strait islanders" AND (sovereignty OR self-determination)
  • Indigenous AND (stories OR yarning) AND Australia
  • Self determination AND decolonisation AND Pacific

Singapore only topic: Independence of the Malay States (Malaysia and Singapore)

Get started with these readings:

Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Independence, self-determination, decolonisation
  • Concept 2: Singapore, Malaysia, Malay
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. colonialism, activists, borders

Build your search, e.g.:

  • Independence AND "Malaysian emergency" AND history
  • Singapore AND post world war II AND self determination
  • 1962 merger referendum AND Singapore AND Malaysia

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