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This subject develops an appreciation of the role of language in Aboriginal Australian societies, traditionally and today. On completion of the subject, students should have a general knowledge of the languages of Australia's First Nations, an understanding of the ways in which social and cultural factors affect language structure and use in Aboriginal Australia, and an appreciation of the complexities of Australian Aboriginal cultures and knowledges as they are reflected in their languages.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Develop an appreciation of the role of language in Aboriginal Australia, traditionally and today
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of the linguistic features which characterise Australian languages, including phonological and grammatical characteristics
- Understand the ways in which social factors affect language structure and use in Aboriginal Australia
- Appreciate the complexities of Australian indigenous cultures, as they surface in their languages
- Engage within debates and discussions regarding Australia's indigenous languages and their position within broader Australian society
- Apply discipline specific research skills using primary and secondary sources and empirical data and develop an awareness of research ethics and intellectual integrity
- Hone their academic writing abilities
- Deepen their understanding of social and cultural diversity, particularly with respect to Australian indigenous communities.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to step outside their own language and culture
- Be able to articulate concepts important in other cultures
- Be able to imagine and get inside the mental world of other cultures.
Last updated: 20 February 2024