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This subject offers an introduction to a number of key concepts and ideas emergent from the Western intellectual tradition such as liberalism and freedom, settler colonialism, neoliberalism, property, imperialism, race, gender and sexuality, justice, sovereignty and childhood. Drawing on the work of Australian and trans-national Indigenous scholars and other various critical theorists, students will further extend their intellectual praxis as developed in Knowledge Practices 1 by complicating these concepts and interrogating the conditions of their emergence. In doing so, students will move beyond positioning ‘Indigenous’ in opposition to ‘the West’ in order to more deeply comprehend the forces and contradictions that inscribe not only the daily lived realities of Australian Indigenous peoples, but all Australians.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a foundational understanding from an Indigenous perspective of key concepts they will encounter throughout their study;
- Demonstrate an awareness of a diversity of views on the nature of humanity, the nature of 'truth' and knowledge, and the organisation of society;
- Engage in critique of selected key thinkers and movements of the western intellectual tradition;
- Demonstrate analytical skills developed through the examination of challenging questions;
- Demonstrate an extended intellectual standpoint as developed in Semester 1 in relation to key concepts and thinkers foundational to the Western intellectual tradition;
- Demonstrate an understanding of how key thinkers of the western intellectual tradition underlie and have shaped the contemporary political, socio-economic and intellectual world.
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- have developed their capacity to critically analyse ideas;
- have the skills to successfully access a variety of information sources and to be able to identify the quality and relevance of this information;
- have the skills to effectively analyse source material and to use that material to formulate and support independent opinions; and
- have the ability to successfully develop and defend their own views in both oral and written essay form.
Last updated: 11 February 2021