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Semester 1 - Online
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This subject responds to the continuing legal and political moves by First Peoples here in Victoria; nationally across Australia; and, globally to hold on to, reclaim and maintain their lands amidst the ongoing desire of the settler-colonial state for Indigenous erasure. Students will consider with the historical and contemporary ways in which states, both in Australia and beyond, have denied and recognised Indigenous title and ownership of land through various agreements and titles, and more recently in Victoria through a formalised treaty process.
While throughout semester students will engage with legal studies scholarship, this subject is unique in its inter-disciplinary location in the School of Culture and Communication, and in it's attempt to address issues of treaties and titles from a Indigenous and cultural studies perspective. In doing so, students will draw on and learn through story, cultural production, Indigenous politics and philosophies of place about Indigenous sovereignty, connection to Country and the ongoing assertion of First Peoples that their lands have never been ceded.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- developed appropriate skills in reading literary, legal and philosophical texts;
- attained an appreciation of the diversity of disciplinary content, forms and discourses, and be able to engage in critical analyses of the interdisciplinary intersections on major issues in this subject;
- developed an informed position capable of critique yet sensitive to the politics of the Australian Indigenous experience of land, possession and dispossession; and
- applied critical and analytical skills and methods to an independent research project, which communicates complex ideas clearly and comprehensively.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- have developed 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.
Last updated: 16 January 2021