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Critical Debates in Indigenous Studies (AIND30007)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeAIND30007
Semester 2
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The capstone subject will allow students to draw together the knowledge and learning experiences they have had in the Australian Indigenous Studies Major. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on the deeper implications of this knowledge and apply multidisciplinary research perspectives to a project of their own choosing. Many lectures will be delivered by eminent Aboriginal and Settler practitioners in such fields as education, the public sector, health, law, the media, arts and culture. Students will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with these practitioners and demonstrate an informed awareness of relevant policy developments in these areas and knowledge of cultural sensitivities. This subject is the practical fruition of the interdisciplinary perspectives that make up the Australian Indigenous Studies major and connects those perspectives to the social world. Students will have the opportunity to explore the intersection between those disciplinary perspectives and cognate ideas in various fields of practice. Students will also have the chance to experience the spectrum of vocational possibilities in Australian Indigenous affairs, and finally, to develop and communicate a mature and broad intellectual perspective on Australian Indigenous affairs.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • demonstrated a high-level of engagement with issues of contemporary importance in Australian Indigenous affairs and consistently demonstrated conceptual sophistication and rigorous critical analysis;
  • demonstrated a research perspective that is original in its application of diverse disciplinary perspectives and engage with broader debates on Indigenous affairs with an awareness of the wider community;
  • achieved the capacity to discuss complex and sensitive ideas relating to Indigenous affairs, in both professional and academic settings with people of diverse ideological commitments;
  • applied critical and analytical skills and methods to an independent research project, which engages self-reflexivity and communicates complex ideas clearly and comprehensively;
  • an understanding of pathways to the workforce, professional life or continued study in Indigenous studies; and
  • developed a mastery of the central concepts and principles in Australian Indigenous Studies and produced high-level written material that demonstrates this knowledge and encompasses the complexities and sensitivities of the field.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • a developed understanding of relevant critical theories and methods and the ability to make informed decisions about their use and application in relation to Indigenous subject matter;
  • the ability to work effectively as an individual and member of class in producing new learning outcomes;
  • engagement in high-level use of a wide range of research applications and resources and make informed decisions in respect to their usage;
  • the ability to engage in an informed and reasonable discussion of ideas and issues, including those involving sensitivities, that relate to the Aboriginal and Settler communities; and
  • the ability to produce high quality written material that encompasses the complexities and sensitivities of Australian Indigenous Studies.

Last updated: 22 August 2019