|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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
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
Coordinators Lauren Gower and Tiriki Onus Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 36 hours (1 hr lecture and 2 hr seminar per week) Total time commitment 136 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- 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.