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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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

106-250 Key Thinkers and Concepts

Recommended background knowledge

MULT10001 Australian Indigenous Studies or MULT10001 Aboriginalities

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MULT10001 Aboriginalities
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Tutorial participation and a 10-minute paper presentation (10%), done throughout the semester
  • An essay of 1,500 words (30%), due mid-semester
  • An essay of 2,500 words (60%), due in the examination period
  • This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular tutorial participation. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 30 hours: a 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week throughout semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Prof. Paul Tapsell


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019