Aboriginal Voices in Film and Fiction - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Summary 900 words (20%) , Essay - 2500 words (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will build on their knowledge of Aboriginal cultures by exploring the production of contemporary Aboriginal texts, critical comparisons with Indigenous writing from other first nations peoples, construction of Aboriginal identity by Australian colonial and post-colonial society and Aboriginal constructions of self. Students will analyse non-Indigenous historical and contemporary representations of Aboriginal people, Indigenous literature, history and cinema and Indigenous and non-Indigenous post-colonial theory.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. develop an analysis of a cross-section of Aboriginal writing, biography, artistic expression and Aboriginal authored critique to place Aboriginal writing, and creative expression within the broader Australian culture
  2. identify and compare central themes and issues within the texts examined
  3. analyse the texts within a range of contemporary theory
  4. critically compare Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal representations within the texts.
  • Assignment 1 — Summary 900 words (20%)
  • Essay — 2500 words (50%)
  • Presentation — 5 minutes (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Aboriginal authors: stories from rural, urban and remote communities
2Aboriginal people represented in literature and film
3Examine Aboriginal writing as both literature and history
4Concept of 'voice', in relation to history, representation and culture
5Issues of audiences and contexts of publishing and transcription
6Other important forms of expression ie. cinema, dance, music, theatre and visual art
7Cultural connections, comparison of different regions and contemporary and historic forms of cultural expression

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide
  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.

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