1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Indigenous Arts and Cultural Identity
  4. Print

Indigenous Arts and Cultural Identity (INAM60001)

Graduate coursework level 6Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks


Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 6
Subject codeINAM60001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject investigates aspects of Indigenous Australian culture in Australia with a focus on Victorian Indigenous culture. You develop a sound knowledge of traditions, self-determination and political and cultural history. It is also includes the study of diverse artistic styles, cultural influences, spirituality accross the country as well as authenticity, urban identity and contemporary arts.

Intended learning outcomes

  • have an understanding of the field of Indigenous arts and cultural studies in local, state, national and international contexts;
  • understand the history of Indigenous peoples and the way in which it has shaped cultural traditions and contemporary values;
  • provide a broad knowledge of Indigenous arts as a genre;
  • understand, appreciate and respect the cultural identity of Indigenous peoples and the way this is explored through art.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have gained experience of methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills;
  • comprehend complex concepts and be able to use this knowledge to problem solve;
  • be able to communicate knowledge ideologically and economically through project writing and tutorial discussion.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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



In Class Participation; ongoing (15%)

Individual Written Project (1500 words); assessment period (40%)

Individual Presentation of Research paper (2,500 word equivalent); assessment period (45%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorTiriki Onus
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours40 hours per week
    Total time commitment150 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Tiriki Onus


    Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development
    Faculty of VCA and MCM
    The University of Melbourne

    Ground Floor, Hub Building 863
    234 St Kilda Rd,

    Southbank Vic 3006 Australia
    T. +61 3 9035 9382

Time commitment details

150 hours per semester

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


    Recommended texts and other resources


  • 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: 3 April 2019