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Aboriginal Women and Coloniality is a multidisciplinary subject looking at the various roles Aboriginal women have played in Aboriginal and Settler society. It examines stereotypical representations of Aboriginal women in colonial art and culture, the depiction of Aboriginal women in literature, cinema and fine arts, the role Aboriginal women have played in the economy as workers, as well as their roles as nurturers and carers, activists and community leaders. Theories and approaches from gender and post-colonial studies and new historicism will be utilised to provide the intellectual framework for this subject. The subject will conclude with consideration of the critique that female Aboriginal artists and writers have made of these representations, and the forms of self-representation produced in their work.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- an understanding of the range of representations of Aboriginal women by Settlers and be able to carry out an informed analysis and critique of these representations;
- developed critical and analytical skills to be able to apply relevant methodologies from a range of contemporary critical theories;
- the ability to be conversant with the breadth of critique Aboriginal women have made of Settler representations and the manner in which they have redefined conceptions of Aboriginal women;
- be able to engage in informed and reasonable discussion of ideas and issues, including those involving sensitivities, that relate to the Aboriginal and Settler communities; and
- produce high quality written material that encompasses the complexities and sensitivities of Australian Indigenous Studies.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following skills:
- have a developed understanding of relevant critical theories and methods and make informed decisions about their use and application in relation to Indigenous subject matter;
- be able to work effectively as an individual and member of class in producing new learning outcomes;
- engage in high-level use of a wide range of research applications and resources and make informed decisions in respect to their usage;
- be able to engage in an informed and reasonable discussion of ideas and issues, including those involving sensitivities, that relate to the Aboriginal and Settler communities; and
- have the ability to produce high quality written material that encompasses the complexities and sensitivities of Australian Indigenous Studies.
Last updated: 3 October 2023