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On Country Learning: Indigenous Studies (POLS30028)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePOLS30028
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This subject provides an in depth study of the historic Indigenous political struggle for racial equality, land justice, heritage control, and for self determination, by focusing on the Yorta Yorta as a case study. It embraces a number of relevant Indigenous political and historic themes. These will focus on pre- and post-contact history, colonisation, government policies and administration, land/heritage management, and the Yorta Yorta politico-legal struggle for their inherent rights to land, heritage, water and self determination.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the antiquity and the holistic nature of Indigenous occupation and connections with country and the relationship between land, culture and identity;
  • Develop the capacity to articulate a detailed knowledge of the concepts of change, adaption and continuity in the Yorta Yorta context;
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of the key historic, social economic and political issues confronting Indigenous groups in regional Australia;
  • Demonstrate a detailed and critical understanding of the extent to which Indigenous Australians have been able to gain rights under Australian politico-legal systems;
  • Recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in research and analysis, particularly in indigenous contexts;
  • Demonstrate advanced level skills in critical analysis and evaluation;
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate different sources of research in the development of an argument;
  • Work productively and collaboratively in a group in the field-visit setting.

Last updated: 3 April 2019