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Undergraduate Level 1
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Availability: What is a Study period?For enrolment (2012):
- Domestic student fee:
- $795.00 (AUD)
- HECS student fee:
- $706.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,020.00 (AUD)
Gain an insight into to the diversity and richness of Aboriginal culture as it developed (and continues to develop) over vast periods of time. You explore topics such as: Indigenous worldviews; Indigenous knowledge and philosophy; social systems; land and boundaries; kinship; economic organisation; political systems; spiritual construct; art forms; concepts of culture; and ethnocentrism and 'Race'.
This unit aims to provide you with knowledge of the structures, values and features of Aboriginal cultures as they developed over a long period of time and in a variety of ecological situations, and with a critical understanding of the literature relating to these cultures.
If you have no prior university experience, you should complete SSK10 before starting this unit.
- Case Study (45%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam — Take-home exam (40%)
- Reflective Task — Reflective paper (15%)
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- identify the basic structures, values and features of a variety of Australian Aboriginal societies
- identify and explain a variety of ecological and historical factors shaping the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Australia
- reflect on Aboriginal concepts relating to land, relationships and language
- critically evaluate approaches to the study of Aboriginal societies and relevant literature.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Concepts of culture|
|2||Aboriginal worldviews and philosophy|
|3||Aboriginal worldviews (cont.)|
|4||Law and society: Aboriginal identity then and now|
|5||Social and political organisation|
|6||Art in Aboriginal Societies|
|7||Relatedness and the environment/economic organisation|
|9||Language and ceremony|
|10||Culture and colonisation|
|11||Culture and colonisation (cont.)|
|12||Culture, recognition and reconciliation|
|13||Culture, recognition and reconciliation (cont.)|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
Print based materials
- Book of Readings
- Welcome Letter
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.
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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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