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Key Thinkers and Concepts (AIND20007)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeAIND20007
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce students to key thinkers and concepts in Aboriginal governance, community and cultural activism, Aboriginal advancement, self-determination and social justice. Key Thinkers and Concepts will allow students who have completed the first year MULT10001 Aboriginalities subject, to form a deeper and more profound understanding of the field of contemporary Australian Indigenous Studies. Intellectuals whose ideas may be studied include anthropologists WEH Stanner, Eric Michaels, Cultural Studies theorist Steven Muecke, Cultural Nationalists, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Kevin Gilbert and Mudrooroo, Reconciliation and Social Justice thinkers Patrick and Mick Dodson, conservative thinkers Warren Mundine and Noel Pearson, and novelist and legal theorist Larissa Behrendt.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • a qualitative appreciation of the range and variety of Aboriginal and Settler perspectives on key issues affecting Aboriginal communities and the broader Australian community;
  • the ability to make informed distinctions and carry out analyses of Aboriginal and Settler intellectual positions;
  • be able to understand how these thinkers have influenced and continue to influence Australian intellectual, cultural and political discourses and policies; and
  • applied critical and analytical skills and methods to an independent research project, which provides a clear and comprehensive analysis of a key thinker or concept.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • have a developed understanding of relevant critical theories and methods;
  • be able to work effectively as an individual and member of class;
  • be competent in the use of a wide range of research applications and resources;
  • communicate complex ideas clearly and comprehensively; and
  • produce high quality written material in a timely manner.

Last updated: 11 October 2019