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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

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.


Key Concepts


Topic Resources

The human condition through a tropical lens

Get started with these readings:

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

Language and identity

Get started with these readings:

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

The fossil record

Get started with these readings:

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.:

  • Fossil AND "faunal collapse" AND Melanesia
  • "Shell midden" AND (aboriginal OR indigenous OR "torres strait islander") AND "Cape York" AND archaeology
  • Fossils AND looting AND heritage AND India

Deep time

Get started with these readings:

Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Carvings, petroglyphs, clay tablets
  • Concept 2: Proto-writing, ideographic symbols, mnemonic symbols
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. trade, messages, religious practices

Build your search, e.g.:

  • symbols AND "cave art" AND hunting
  • prehistory AND humans AND symbols AND identity
  • "clay tablets" AND trade AND "writing system"

Paradigm change in the Industrial Revolution

Get started with these readings:

Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Factories, mechanisation, electricity
  • Concept 2: Europe, United Kingcom, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. social movements, health, transport hubs

Build your search, e.g.:

  • "industrial revolution" AND (steam OR electricity) AND industr*
  • "industrial revolution" AND "United States" AND abolition
  • "industrial revolution" AND England AND "child labour laws"

Indigenous communities expressing their views

Get started with these readings:

Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Voice, decision-making, engagement, consultation
  • Concept 2: Maori, First Australians, 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

Transformations in writing, texts or literacies

Get started with these readings:

Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Publishers, libraries, monasteries
  • Concept 2: Paper, block printing, metal type
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. literacy, affordability, access

Build your search, e.g.:

  • "printing press" AND education AND "middle class"
  • "Medieval monastaries" AND preservation AND "ancient literature"
  • recordkeeping AND "writing systems" AND development

Designing or creating for the tropical world

Get started with these readings:

Suggested search keywords:

  • Concept 1: Genre, aesthetics, media
  • Concept 2: Tropical, Pacific, South East Asia, specific countries
  • Concept 3: What will be your focus for this topic, e.g. placemaking, exhibitions, reappropriation

Build your search, e.g.:

  • Pacific AND "climate change" AND arts AND education
  • "Solomon Islands" AND art AND trade
  • Ache AND reconstruction AND "art therapy"

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