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Aboriginal Land, Law and Philosophy (AIND20005)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeAIND20005
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Aboriginal Land, Law and Philosophy will provide students who have completed the first year introductory MULT10001 Aboriginalities subject with a more detailed and complex understanding of some of the key themes in this study area. It will utilise the physical, symbolic and metaphysical role of land and country in Australian Indigenous society as a starting point for the consideration of critical issues in Indigenous and Settler relations in contemporary Australia. Aboriginal Land, Law and Philosophy will enable the development of a deep and nuanced engagement with a selection of major issues. These may include land tenure, crime and punishment, political representation, social policy, cultural production, governance and economics. Using land and country as a base, these issues will be explored from Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives and from the interdsciplinary perspective of Literary Studies, Philosophy and Law. The interdisciplinary fusion of Literary Studies with Philosophy and Law will create a divergent interrogation of how land, possession and dispossession has influenced materially, legally and theoretically the experience of Indigenous Australians.

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.

Generic skills

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: 11 October 2019