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Aboriginal Writing (AIND30011)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeAIND30011
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject studies Aboriginal fiction, poetry and drama, as well as life stories and criticism, focusing on questions of reading positions (particularly for non-Aboriginal students) and representation. It pays particular attention to the diversity of Aboriginal writing in terms of form, content, voice and place and examines the manner in which the reception of Aboriginal texts has been conditioned by political and economic factors. On completion of this subject students should understand the problematics of Aboriginal writing in the context of postcolonial Australia, and its relation to everyday life.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • an appreciation of the diversity of Aboriginal texts with respect to content, form and discourse;
  • developed appropriate skills in reading Aboriginal English, creole and vernacular expressions;
  • developed an informed reading position capable of critique yet sensitive to the politics of Aboriginal writing;
  • a demonstrated ability to apply critical analysis and close-reading skills to diverse texts; and
  • an ability to undertake independent research and produce high quality written material that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and encompasses the complexities and sensitivities of Australian Indigenous Studies.

Generic skills

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

  • have developed an 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

  • 106-045 Aboriginal Writing
  • AIND20006 Aboriginal Writing

Recommended background knowledge

37.5 points of 2nd year subjects in Australian Indigenous Studies.

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



  • Tutorial participation and a 10-minute class presentation (10%), done throughout the semester
  • an essay of 1500 words (30%), due mid-semester
  • and an essay of 2500 words (60%), due in the examination period
  • This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. 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 24 hours: a 2 hour seminar per week.
    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

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    • Sally Morgan My Place;
    • Philip McLaren Sweet Water Stolen Land;
    • Kim Scott True Country;
    • Alexis Wright Plains of Promise;
    • Tara June Winch Swallow the Air;
    • Jeanine Leane Purple Threads;
    • Ellen Van Neevan Heat and Light;
    • Samuel Wagan Watson Smoke Encrypted Whispers;
    • Yvette Holt Anonymous Premonition;
    • Melissa Lucashenko Mullumbimby
  • Subject notes

    This subject can be credited towards the English & Theatre Studies major or minor.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019