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Art and Indigenous Voice (AIND10004)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeAIND10004
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed to give students a solid basis from which to start engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practice. Utilising both existing and new cultural frameworks, through lectures in cultural safety, traditional beliefs and culture, contemporary history and art as voice, students will be walked through the artistic, cultural and political histories of Australia’s first people with a specific focus on the diversity within Victoria and the south-east of Australia. With a focus on connection to country and place, students will learn from leading elders, visual artists, theatre makers and activists.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Analyse, discuss and evaluate Indigenous culture, history, cultural safety, art and resistance; pre-contact, post-contact and now.
  • Classify and identify some of the ways in which culture and identity have flourished in this landscape for over 2,000 generations.
  • Apply the cultural skills they have developed to engage through their own work with the oldest continuing culture on earth.
  • Relate, acknowledge and further develop connections to the land upon which they live and study, its stories and songs.
  • Identify the diversity and breadth of Aboriginal culture from Victoria and south-eastern Australia.
  • Distinguish and construct numerous pathways and access points in the local Indigenous community for them to further access language, art and cultural programs.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should be:

  • Well-resourced in aspects of the nation’s shared history and the role of our artists, which will facilitate students to establish a dialogue across cultures.
  • Able to identify and access areas of greater cultural diversity within their own community.
  • Capable of critically analysing and understanding the power of Art as a tool for societal change.
  • Better resourced in problem solving and communication skills within diverse cultural frameworks.
  • Well-versed in alternative methods of recoding, maintaining and perpetuating history and identity.

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 i.e. contribution to class discussion, preparation of reading material, active contribution to group work, etc; ongoing throughout semester (10%)
  • Relective Journal entries (200 words or equivalent per week); Weeks 2-12 (45%)
  • 1800 word essay (or equivalent); due during assessment period (45%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorsLauren Gower and Tiriki Onus
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (1 hr lecture and 2 hr seminar per week)
    Total time commitment136 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    For all administrative enquiries, e.g. enrolment, class registration, special consideration enquiries:

    Contact Stop 1

    For all academic enquiries, e.g. assessment, subject matter enquiries:

    Tiriki Onus: tiriki.onus@unimelb.edu.au

    Lauren Gower: lauren.gower@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

136 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019