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Introduction to Indigenous Popular Culture (AIS110)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Many people readily associate Indigenous culture with dot paintings and traditional dance. While acknowledging the importance of more traditional forms of cultural expression, this unit familiarises students with a broader range of contemporary Indigenous cultural products. In the process, students gain an appreciation of the highly varied, dynamic and exciting ways in which Indigenous cultures and identities are articulated.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. To be able to describe and provide examples of a range of Indigenous popular cultural forms
2. To be able to explain the ways in which diverse Indigenous aspirations, experiences and identities are represented in various popular cultural forms
3. To be able to analyse the ways in which Indigenous popular culture problematizes mainstream understanding of Aboriginality and Australian values and norms
4. To be able to demonstrate appropriate reading, writing, critical thinking and referencing skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is that students, via weekly readings, AV materials and other resources, are immersed in contemporary cultural products produced by Indigenous people. Students are encouraged to critically engage with these, through guided learning activities and small group work, in light of recent debates about representation and Aboriginality
Assessment There is one essay in this unit; the other assessments are aimed at building up relevant summary-writing and analytical skills to enable students to produce a well-thought-out and adequately informed final essay.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed the following units may not enrol in this unit for credit: AIS174 Contemporary Indigenous Cultural Expression; AIS302 Black Music; AIS215 Aboriginality in Australian Film and Television; AIS210 Indigenous Popular Culture.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Appears in these Minors Anthropology
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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Dr Michelle Carey

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MURDOCH: S1-External
Mr Michael Prince

Murdoch Campus
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e: M.Prince@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Michelle Carey

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6593
e: M.Carey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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