Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores colonisation through a critical lens to encourage innovative social change. Topics include accounts of colonialism, Indigeneity, survival, and entrepreneurship. You will critically examine how past and current Indigenous knowledges are represented in the Western academy, and ongoing contestation of Indigenous perspectives within research governance, pedagogy and curriculum design. You will be inspired to think beyond Western boundaries as places of containment and sites of struggle for Indigenous peoples within a global, national and local context. This subject collectively and individually fosters new ways to be innovative whilst respectful, through critically examining colonial structures and relationships rather than subjectively problematizing Indigenous peoples and cultures. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential; this entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulie Andrews

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning Activities Essays, online quizzes and in-class discussions.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points of level 2 subjects


Incompatible subjectsABS2DAS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate understanding of aspects of Aboriginal history, research practices, politics and community.
02. Analyse key ethical and cultural issues relating to Aboriginal society and Australian relations.
03. Analyse the impact of historical changes to Aboriginal society and contrast with contemporary Aboriginal Australia.
04. Evaluate key Aboriginal Studies topics and theories of Aboriginal Studies.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulie Andrews

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Major essay (2000 word) From a range of topics

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

In class presentation (1,000 word equivalent) Group activity

N/AOral presentationGroupNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Minor assessment task (1000 word equivalent) Annotated bibliography

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3