2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Cloud (online), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Cloud (online), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Cloud (online)
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 3-hour weekly class divided into 1 x 1-hour class and 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent for 11-weeks
Intensive/CBD: This unit is taught intensively via CBD for 11-weeks as a combination of face-to-face and online delivery. 12-hours face-to-face on campus Intensive mode with a minimum of four Blackboard Collaborate sessions during the trimester with ongoing access to CloudDeakin resources
Dates to be advised.
Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. A minimum of four Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be conducted during the trimester
*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery
This unit introduces students to Australia's First Nation Peoples in a comprehensive and engaging exploration of both traditional and contemporary experience and expression of Australian Aboriginal culture, Knowledges, histories and identities from an Indigenous standpoint, and through a number of interdisciplinary perspectives. The course will cover three clear movements of investigation from traditional modality and Australian Indigenous Knowledges; colonisation and its impact; and reclamation and reconciliation with a focus on Indigenous cultural forms and representation. Students will learn about the complexities of spirituality, lore and traditional philosophy, to then understand the devastating impact of colonisation and its aftermath. The final portion of the unit will then address contemporary Indigenous culture and expression including language, story, art and creative expression allowing students to consider and explore self-representation as a method of expanding understandings of the diversity of Aboriginalities. This unit presents a thought provoking, dynamic and challenging cultural experience of Indigenous Australian history, culture and worldview and provides a foundation for developing socio-cultural literacy.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Understand and analyse key complexities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society and culture pre-colonisation and be able to apply these to a range of temporal, geographical and social contexts
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship
Examine and translate the impact of colonial policies and practices on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the disadvantages that have been shaped by these experiences
Identify and analyse current circumstances and challenges of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and interpret the importance of Aboriginal self-determination and place within a contemporary Australian narrative
Examine the diversities of Aboriginalities, traditional cultural forms and contemporary expressions and critique these in popular discourses and representations of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
GLO3: Digital literacy
Demonstrate cultural awareness through critical reflection upon cultural locatedness and world views of self and others
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.
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