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This subject will investigate social and political processes intended to lead to the achievement of emancipatory goals. Specific Australian social movements and histories related to Aboriginal empowerment and social amelioration will be contextualised within theoretical frameworks including postcolonial, critical race and whiteness. This subject introduces decolonising methodologies for examining the relationship of contemporary ‘selves’ to histories, power structures and social transformation. Students explore the tensions and ethics around positionality, reflexivity, storytelling and creative activism.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- a sophisticated understanding of the potentialities of archival research;
- a developed ability to situate and analyse historical events in meaningful theoretical frameworks; and
- an understanding of the relation between the ideology and theory endemic to social movements and its philosophical antecedents.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- a sophisticated understanding of the role of theory in Australian Indigenous studies;
- develop the ability to undertake high-level individual research;
- a developed understanding of the ethical requirements of research in Australian Indigenous studies; and
- the ability to appreciate the enhanced intellectual outcomes of collegiality.
Last updated: 29 October 2019