Undergo a broad investigation into Indigenous Australian society and culture. Examine Aboriginal philosophies. Cover recognition and reconciliation. See how Indigenous Australians' relationship with the land is reflected in their language and art.
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At the completion of this subject 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
- discuss approaches to the study of Aboriginal societies and relevant literature.
- Concepts of culture
- Aboriginal worldviews and philosophy
- Aboriginal worldviews (cont.)
- Law and society: Aboriginal identity then and now
- Social and political organisation
- Art in Aboriginal Societies
- Relatedness and the environment/economic organisation
- Gender relationships
- Language and ceremony
- Culture and colonisation
- Culture and colonisation (cont.)
- Culture, recognition and reconciliation
- Culture, recognition and reconciliation (cont.)
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No special requirements
Students will develop a broad understanding of Indigenous Australian social, economic and political systems by learning about the social groups and kinship and the concepts of culture, land and boundaries, spiritual construct and its art forms, ethnocentrism and race.
- Reflective paper (15%)
- Take-home exam (35%)
- Case Study (50%)