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This subject will provide students with an introduction to the complexity, challenges and richness of Australian Indigenous life and cultures. Drawing on a wide range of diverse and dynamic guest lecturers, this subject gives students an opportunity to encounter Australian Indigenous knowledges, histories and experiences through interdisciplinary perspectives. Across three thematic blocks - Indigenous Knowledges, Social and Political Contexts and Representation/Self-Representation - this subject engages contemporary cultural and intellectual debate. Social and political contexts will be considered through engagement with specific issues and a focus on Indigenous cultural forms, which may include literature, music, fine arts, museum exhibitions and performance, will allow students to consider self-representation as a means by which to disrupt and expand perceptions of Aboriginality.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students should have:
- demonstrated an informed awareness of the extent of the Indigenous presence in Australia and an understanding of the diverse histories of Aboriginal communities as well as commonalities;
- applied appropriate critical skills and methodologies to analyse and critique popular discourses and representations of Aboriginal people;
- identified and engaged with common methods of research in the humanities and social sciences;
- approached critical debates in the humanities and social sciences with intellectual honesty, self-reflection and a respect for ethical scholarship;
- identified the strengths and weaknesses of scholarly arguments;
- communicated knowledge and arguments effectively in oral and written formats;
- worked effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the humanities and social sciences;
Students successfully completing this subject will:
- be able to critically think and analyse through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to research through competent use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
- be able to engage with the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;
- have gained critical self awareness, and be open to new ideas and possibilities through learning how to construct an argument;
- be able to communicate knowledge and arguments intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- have the ability to assess the strength of an argument through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- have gained time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
Last updated: 5 June 2020