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This subject is premised on the idea that certain key texts provide the means to gain insights and understanding of Aboriginal social realities and individual selves, in a manner qualitatively different to more empirically focused studies. Through deep and intensive readings, informed by appropriate theoretical perspectives, a selection of diverse Australian texts will be considered for the ways they meditate on the complex Australian past, produce visions for an Australian future and create deep intercultural connections.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- the deep and nuanced reading skills to understand the complexity of Aboriginal being, philosophy and social reality as expressed through literature;
- the basis for making qualitative distinctions with respect to literary and truth value as it relates to texts addressing Australian Indigenous issues in a range of genres; and
- an understanding and respect for the authorial choices present in the novels as conditioned by social, political and racial imperatives.
At the completion of this subject, student should gain the following generic skills:
- a sophisticated understanding of the role of theory in Australian Indigenous Studies;
- develop the ability to undertake high-level individual research;
- a developed understanding of the ethical requirements of research in Australian Indigenous Studies; and
- the ability to appreciate the enhanced intellectual outcomes of collegiality.
Last updated: 3 November 2022