Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Robyn Heckenberg


This is a preparatory unit for further research in the area of Indigenous Studies. Theoretical and methodological issues involved in researching and writing Indigenous Studies, including race, gender, class and ethnicity will be examined. This subject will be underpinned by an examination of appropriate ethical and protocol considerations. The subject will also deeply analyse power and privilege within the context of researching Indigenous Studies. Students will also be given the opportunity to enhance their understandings of Indigenous Studies at a global level.


Upon completion of this unit students should have developed an understanding of:

  1. their own subject and speaking positions
  2. constructions of Aboriginality and discourses of Aboriginalism
  3. ethical responsibilities and different methodological approaches to Australian Indigenous Studies
  4. theories, practices, and the importance of oral history
  5. historical and contemporary concepts of 'race,' in Australian scholarship
  6. the value of interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives
  7. the basis of power and privilege
  8. indigenous issues at a global level. Students should also be able to demonstrate the ability to research, analyse and communicate effectively to a high level in both written and oral forms.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


A major sequence in Australian Indigenous Studies


AIS4010, AIS4040, AIS4041, KRS4010, KRS4040