Subject details

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

  1. identify the basic structures, values and features of a variety of Australian Aboriginal societies
  2. identify and explain a variety of ecological and historical factors shaping the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Australia
  3. reflect on Aboriginal concepts relating to land, relationships and language
  4. discuss approaches to the study of Aboriginal societies and relevant literature.
  • Topics

    • 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.)
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

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%)

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 subject.

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