Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are invited to explore contemporary views of language in Aboriginal Australia to understand them in relation to their context. This provides students with the opportunity to reflect on understandings of language and Aboriginalities.This includes an exploration of new varieties of Aboriginal languages, the revival of Aboriginal languages alongside mixed languages, Kriols and Aboriginal Englishes.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTonya Stebbins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives on Aboriginal languages, including Aboriginal perspectives, in both discussion and writing

Seminar participation, E-portfolio, Assignment 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Critically engage with the use of contemporary revival language present in a diverse set of artefacts and uses and meanings of new varieties, Kriols and Aboriginal Englishes.

Assignment 1, Seminar participation, E-portfolio
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

03. Apply and extend ideas presented in the subject in an original piece of writing and research, demonstrating an understanding of connection between postcolonialism/postcolonial studies, linguistics and Aboriginalities.

Assignment 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTonya Stebbins

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Short answer questions assessment (800 words or equivalent)20 02
Essay (2000 words or equivalent)50 01, 03
E-portfolio (1200 words or equivalent)30 01