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Indigenous Australia and the Nation (AIS204)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit explores contemporary debates over the relationship between Indigenous Australia and the Australian nation-state. It asks why it is that, after self-determination, land rights, reconciliation and other movements of recent decades, the goal of a unified, inclusive Australia has yet to be realized. It attempts to answer this question by exploring how competing versions of recent Australian history have fostered a division between left- and right-wing politics that continues to confound more subtle, progressive responses to Indigenous inequity.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. To be able to describe a number of important historical events in Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in this country, as well as both salient government policies concerning Indigenous peoples, and Indigenous responses to these;
2. To be able to describe some of the central arguments posited by both Indigenous and non-indigenous intellectuals, activists and authors, surrounding Indigenous/non-Indigenous socio-political issues, government policy and Indigenous political demands;
3. To be able to critically analyse the complex - and sometimes contradictory - nature of these arguments, both in light of the legacies of Australia's colonial history and in terms of debates over what makes us a 'nation'.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is that you will be encouraged, through reading, discussion and other guided activities, small group work and exposure to a range of written and audio-visual materials, to explore salient aspects of Australia's post-invasion history, in order to understand, analyse and respond to contemporary policy and events regarding Indigenous Australia in a more informed, nuanced and in-depth manner.
Assessment The assessments in this unit are carefully scaffolded to help you develop your capacity to understand the construction and functioning of other people's arguments, and to devise more satisfying and defensible arguments of your own. There is only one major essay; most of the unit's other assessments are small, and designed to foster some of the skills necessary for sound argument-making.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed AIS205 Australian Indigenous Politics: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Issues may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes This is a University-Wide Breadth Unit. If this unit is taken as a Core or Specified Elective unit in a student's major or minor, it cannot also be used to satisfy the University-Wide Breadth Unit requirement.
Previously 2015: 'Australian Indigenous Politics: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Issues'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Appears in these Minors Australian Indigenous Studies
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Mr Michael Prince

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6573
e: M.Prince@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.058 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mr Michael Prince

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6573
e: M.Prince@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.058 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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