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AIA200 - Indigenous Australians in the 20th Century

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Sarah Pinto





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


Indigenous peoples comprise 3% of the Australian population and are recognised as one of the oldest civilisations on the planet. Since 1788 their story is one of displacement, decimation and resistance; but also of survival, renewal and revival. This unit examines the experiences of political and cultural renewal that emerged and typified the 20th and 21st centuries in Australia. It investigates political movements about citizenship and land rights and organisations such as the Aboriginal Advancement League, FACASIA/ATSIC, and individuals including Doug Nicholls, Charles Perkins, Cathy Freeman, Nicky Winmar, Adam Goodes and Kath Walker/Oodgeroo Noonuccal. The unit also examines the important role that art, film, literature, theatre, music, sport, language revival and the media have played in Indigenous identities and cultures over the 20th century and in contemporary Australia. This unit explores a rich array of textual and visual sources and includes site visits.


Class/Online Exercises, 25%, 1000 words

Research and Writing Exercise, 25%, 1000 words

Essay, 50%, 2000 words

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