|Year of offer||2019|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is premised on the idea that certain key texts provide the means to gain insights and understanding of Aboriginal social realities and individual selves, in a manner qualitatively different to more empirically focused studies. Through deep and intensive readings, informed by appropriate theoretical perspectives, a selection of diverse Australian texts will be considered for the ways they meditate on the complex Australian past, produce visions for an Australian future and create deep intercultural connections.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- the deep and nuanced reading skills to understand the complexity of Aboriginal being, philosophy and social reality as expressed through literature;
- the basis for making qualitative distinctions with respect to literary and truth value as it relates to texts addressing Australian Indigenous issues in a range of genres; and
- an understanding and respect for the authorial choices present in the novels as conditioned by social, political and racial imperatives.
At the completion of this subject, student should gain the following generic skills:
- a sophisticated understanding of the role of theory in Australian Indigenous Studies;
- develop the ability to undertake high-level individual research;
- a developed understanding of the ethical requirements of research in Australian Indigenous Studies; and
- the ability to appreciate the enhanced intellectual outcomes of collegiality.
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
- A 5000 word essay (100%), due in the examination period
- Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% (or 10 out of 12) classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Any student who fails to meet this hurdle without valid reason will not be eligible to pass the subject. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject. Essays submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised 2% per day. Essays submitted after two weeks of the assessment due date without a formally approved application for special consideration or an extension will only be marked on a pass/fail basis if accepted.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Total 24 hours: a 2 hour seminar per week throughout semester. Total time commitment 170 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
Prof. Paul Tapsell
Time commitment details
A subject reader will be available.
- K Scott. Benang
- A Wright. Carpentaria
- X Herbert. Capricornia
- B Wongar. Raki
- Melissa Lucashenko. Mullumbimby (2013) University of Queensland Press
- Alexis Wright. Plains of Promise (1997) University of Queensland Press
- Subject notes
Admission into the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, or fourth year honours in Australian Indigenous Studies or English & Theatre Studies.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation English and Theatre Specialisation (formal) English and Theatre Studies Specialisation (formal) Australian Indigenous Studies Specialisation (formal) Australian Indigenous Studies Informal specialisation PD-ARTS English and Theatre Studies Specialisation (formal) English and Theatre Studies Informal specialisation Australian Indigenous Studies Specialisation (formal) Australian Indigenous Studies Informal specialisation PD-ARTS Australian Indigenous Studies
- 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.
Additional information for this subject
Subject coordinator approval required
- 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.