units

ATS4680

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)John Bradley

Notes

Previously coded AAS4010

Synopsis

Theoretical and methodological issues involved in researching and writing about Indigenous peoples; constructions of Aboriginality and discourses of 'Aboriginalism'; contextualizing Indigenous ontology and epistemology in regard to dominant western perspectives and understanding that western epistemologies are no longer a primary tool to gain knowledge and thus appreciate that belief and knowledge systems are culturally derived; an exploration of 'two-way' engagement as a decolonizing tool.

Outcomes

Students should be able to critically reflect on their own subject and speaking positions; and demonstrate their understanding of: constructions of Aboriginality and discourses of 'Aboriginalism'; the significance and meanings of oral history; ethical responsibilities and methodological approaches to Australian Indigenous Studies as an interdisciplinary study as well as within the discrete disciplines of Australian Indigenous archaeology and anthropology; understanding of questions of identity constructions and contestations; and how visual representations of Aboriginality have and continue to reflect the legacies of colonialism and Indigenous peoples' responses to this. On completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate the capacity to think critically, and to communicate effectively and to a high level in written and oral forms.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

John Bradley

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week for 12 weeks

Prerequisites

A major sequence in Australian Indigenous Studies, Australian Indigenous Archaeology or Anthropology, or with approval of the Honours coordinator.

Prohibitions

KRS4010 (2000 and previously)