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This subject is designed to give students a solid basis from which to start engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practice. Utilising both existing and new cultural frameworks, through lectures in cultural safety, traditional beliefs and culture, contemporary history and art as voice, students will be walked through the artistic, cultural and political histories of Australia’s first people with a specific focus on the diversity within Victoria and the south-east of Australia. With a focus on connection to country and place, students will learn from leading elders, visual artists, theatre makers and activists.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Analyse, discuss and evaluate Indigenous culture, history, cultural safety, art and resistance; pre-contact, post-contact and now.
- Classify and identify some of the ways in which culture and identity have flourished in this landscape for over 2,000 generations.
- Apply the cultural skills they have developed to engage through their own work with the oldest continuing culture on earth.
- Relate, acknowledge and further develop connections to the land upon which they live and study, its stories and songs.
- Identify the diversity and breadth of Aboriginal culture from Victoria and south-eastern Australia.
- Distinguish and construct numerous pathways and access points in the local Indigenous community for them to further access language, art and cultural programs.
At the completion of this subject, students should be:
- Well-resourced in aspects of the nation’s shared history and the role of our artists, which will facilitate students to establish a dialogue across cultures.
- Able to identify and access areas of greater cultural diversity within their own community.
- Capable of critically analysing and understanding the power of Art as a tool for societal change.
- Better resourced in problem solving and communication skills within diverse cultural frameworks.
- Well-versed in alternative methods of recoding, maintaining and perpetuating history and identity.
Last updated: 8 November 2019