Subject details

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

  1. critique the relationship between ideology and practice in material culture studies
  2. compare and contrast approaches to the Indigenous, historical and modern material culture fields
  3. develop knowledge of the ethical and conceptual basis of material culture analysis
  4. explore archival material culture
  5. analyse the meanings and presentation of material culture.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

USA-ABT15-Aboriginal People, History and Colonialism
USA-ABT27-Segregation and Resistance: Aboriginal People and Government
USA-ABT26-Forging a Nation: Australian History 1920-Present
USA-ABT13-Aboriginal Cultures


One of the three group subjects plus the common prerequisites listed above, or approval of the Subject Coordinator.

Special requirements

No special requirements

The student will demonstrate advanced understanding through the application of knowledge and reflection in authentic problem solving in modern material culture analysis, theory and practice in material culture, Indigenous material culture, historical archaeology, ethics and sensitivities, online material culture, interpretation of material culture, cross-disciplinary methodologies and material culture of different places of meaning.

  • 1000 words (20%)
  • 2300 words (50%)
  • 1200 words (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate USA-IND-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts Indigenous Studies

  • Major in Indigenous Studies Subjects