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AIS4040 - Interrogating race and power in Australian indigenous studies

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Dr Stephen Pritchard


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Examination of race, gender, class and discourse of whiteness within Australian Indigenous Studies. Comparative study of other settler societies. Power and privilege in Australia.


Upon completion of this unit students will have developed an understanding of the theoretical foundations for an interrogation of the ways in which race, gender and class interact to sustain discourses of whiteness within Australian Indigenous Studies. Students will gain an understanding of the bases of power and privilege as they have been and continue to be exercised in Australia, through a comparative approach to studying material from other settler societies such as Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. Students will gain the ability to express their understandings of these factors and of Indigenous peoples' responses to the power structures within their colonial and contemporary settings both orally and in writing.


Written work: 90% (9000 words)
Oral Presentation 10% (500 words)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


A major sequence in Australian Indigenous Studies or cognate discipline(s) as approved by the Honours coordinator

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