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Aboriginalities (MULT10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMULT10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will provide students with an introduction to the complexity, challenges and richness of Australian Indigenous life and cultures. Drawing on a wide range of diverse and dynamic guest lecturers, this subject gives students an opportunity to encounter Australian Indigenous knowledges, histories and experiences through interdisciplinary perspectives. Across three thematic blocks - Indigenous Knowledges, Social and Political Contexts and Representation/Self-Representation - this subject engages contemporary cultural and intellectual debate. Social and political contexts will be considered through engagement with specific issues and a focus on Indigenous cultural forms, which may include literature, music, fine arts, museum exhibitions and performance, will allow students to consider self-representation as a means by which to disrupt and expand perceptions of Aboriginality.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • demonstrated an informed awareness of the extent of the Indigenous presence in Australia and an understanding of the diverse histories of Aboriginal communities as well as commonalities;
  • applied appropriate critical skills and methodologies to analyse and critique popular discourses and representations of Aboriginal people;
  • identified and engaged with common methods of research in the humanities and social sciences;
  • approached critical debates in the humanities and social sciences with intellectual honesty, self-reflection and a respect for ethical scholarship;
  • identified the strengths and weaknesses of scholarly arguments;
  • communicated knowledge and arguments effectively in oral and written formats;
  • worked effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the humanities and social sciences;

Generic skills

Students successfully completing this subject will:

  • be able to critically think and analyse through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • be able to research through competent use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
  • be able to engage with the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;
  • have gained critical self awareness, and be open to new ideas and possibilities through learning how to construct an argument;
  • be able to communicate knowledge and arguments intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • have the ability to assess the strength of an argument through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • have gained time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

100-181 Australian Indigenous Studies; MULT10001 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



  • A 500 word bibliographic exercise 15% (due in week 5)
  • a 2000 word essay 45% (due in week 9)
  • and an online exam (1500 word equivalent) 40% (during the examination period)
  • This subject has an attendance hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial attendance (9 out of 12 tutorials) and 100% skills workshop attendance (3 out of 3 skills workshops). Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week; and a 2-hour skills workshop in each of semester weeks 1, 2 and 3 OR 4, 5 and 6 OR 7, 8 and 9.
    Total time commitment170 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

Time commitment details

Total expected time commitment is 170 hours across the semester, including class time.

Further information

Last updated: 22 May 2019