Indigenous Arts, Culture and Design - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Journal - 1000 words (25%) , Project - 2500 words (50%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will further develop their knowledge of the diversity and the role of Indigenous art and culture and design within positioning, diversity and the role of Indigenous art, culture and design within Indigenous, Australian and global contexts, chronology and change of Indigenous art, culture and design, representation and presentation, contact with other cultures, intellectual property, copyrights, moral rights and protocols, contemporary, cultural, socio-political and philosophical discourses.

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

  1. understand the diversity and complexity of cultural practices within Australian Indigenous art, culture and design
  2. describe the role  of art, culture and design in contemporary Indigenous societies from regions throughout Australia
  3. critically examine the process of change and agency through contact with other cultures within Indigenous art, culture and design
  4. examine the cultural, socio-political, economic and philosophical impact on the development of contemporary Indigenous art, culture and design
  5. compare and contrast the significance of art, culture and design within Indigenous, Australian and global contexts.
  • Journal — 1000 words (25%)
  • Project — 2500 words (50%)
  • Reflective Task — 1000 words (25%)

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.

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

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

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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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