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Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation (AIND20011)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeAIND20011
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject brings together a vast range of different arts practices to give an holistic view of Indigenous arts and their role in facilitating voice and its use as a tool for social change. Presented over 12 weeks, students will be given access to a broad range of Indigenous guest lecturers who will present upon seminal works from their oeuvre and discuss their impact on mainstream Australia. Students will also examine the role of art as a tool for resistance and self-actualisation within Indigenous communities, studying the effects of cultural reclamation and artistic practice on the mental and spiritual wellbeing of a people.

Intended learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Compare and evaluate some of Australia’s most significant works of art, as seen through their creator’s eyes.
  • Construct meaningful links to interact with, value and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture within culturally Safe frameworks.
  • Discuss contemporary Australian history as it relates to Indigenous Australians.
  • Analyse and assess the positive role that arts and culture plays in the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of a community.
  • Discover and develop meaningful connections to the land upon which they live and study, its stories and histories
  • Identify the role of art as voice and its ability to affect political and societal change and empower communities.
  • Classify and critique the issues faced by Indigenous people today in their quest for cultural reclamation.

Generic skills

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.
  • Able to conduct themselves within culturally diverse communities whilst maintaining practices which are culturally safe for all involved.

Last updated: 10 August 2019