abs1iia intro to aboriginal australia



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to various elements of Indigenous Australia. Students will study a broad range of issues of relevance to contemporary Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander people. While there will be a particular emphasis on the Indigenous people of Victoria, students will gain an understanding of regional variation throughout Australia. Issues discussed include identity, self-representation, spirituality, family, gender, land, politics, law, economics, education, health, history, art and music. Students intending to sub-major in Aboriginal Studies are strongly advised to take this subject.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJennifer Jones

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects ANT1IIA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Recommended first-year subject for an Aboriginal Studies Minor in the Bachelor of Arts at the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBlacklines: contemporary critical writing by Indigenous AustraliansRecommendedGrossman, M (ed.) 2003MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsThe little red yellow black book: an introduction to Indigenous Australia (3rd ed)RecommendedPascoe, Bruce,2012AIATSIS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse a range of texts in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies

Tutorial discussions of readings; occasional worksheets based on tutorial readings; written assignment

02. Apply knowledge to understanding concepts and issues, and interpreting data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and the world today


03. Apply suitable research methods to addressing social issues involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

All assessment in subject

04. Produce a sustained, complex written argument about social research methods relating to a topic on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


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