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Textual Revelations (AIND40005)

HonoursPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeAIND40005
Semester 1
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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





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



  • 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 deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 24 hours: a 2 hour seminar per week throughout semester.
    Total time commitment170 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

    Prof. Paul Tapsell


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    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.

  • 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.

Last updated: 3 April 2019