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Wakanda is a subject concentrated on pressing issues of our time and the future including Afrofuturisms and resilience, Black migration and/in education, living in diasporic spaces, memories and histories, surviving race and racism, African philosophies and modes of social engagement. The subject offers ways to build your knowledge capacity to understand, responsibly engage, act, and create within spaces of Blackness in schools, neighbourhoods, industries, and communities. Through its intensive delivery and conceptual and experiential depth of knowledge, you will have the opportunity to draw paths of action whether you are an undergraduate (e.g. planning on working alongside African Australian members of our society), an educator (e.g. through thinking or designing curriculum), or a community leader and organizer (e.g. intending to enrich your work and practice).
This dynamically designed subject will move through four portals of knowledge creation, 1) reading conceptually grounded texts and watching popular culture materials, 2) the oral tradition in the form of lectures delivered by world renown scholars/elders from the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Australia, 3) meditations, conversations, and discussion with local African Australian youth from our very communities, and 4) creating and making spaces for planning and producing action relevant to your degree, circumstances, and experiences.
This subject is designed for graduate and undergraduate students. It is available to study abroad/exchanges students, and members of the community can also take the subject as a Community Access Program enrolment.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Develop an understanding of the historical and philosophical foundations of antiblack racism and its various effects in societies
- Examine contemporary issues of African migration, asylum seeking, and refugee status and their implications for education and societies more broadly
- Participate in communities of inquiry while exercising critical and ethical approaches to working with African Australian communities
- Generate ideas critically grounded in African philosophies and knowledges that defy deficit to create capacity for social transformation in education and beyond
- Exercise collaborative skills in problem posing and exploration of viewpoints for futures building capability
- Expand capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and in addressing/investigating/developing an understanding of unfamiliar or challenging issues
- Augment analytical, cognitive, and artistic skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- Increase research capability to address real world problems through thinking and doing
- Broaden communication skills to reach wider audiences through less conventional channels mediated by new technologies
Last updated: 21 February 2020