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ANTH2630 - Indigenous Australians and Modernity

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Emma Young


Australian Aboriginal peoples have always engaged with the 'modern world' but Enlightenment ideas established a colonial context juxtaposing modernity with tradition. Indigenous difference was locked into past-oriented, static and small scale traditions. The unit examines some key concepts of modernity, including progress, civility, change, tradition - and modernity itself - so as to shed light on Australian Indigenous people's experiences, past and present, as colonial subjects. The unit will explore Aboriginal engagement with, for instance, work, vehicles, the law, and the arts (painting, music etc) as practices through which Aboriginal people have sought 'alternative modernities'.


1x2000wd essay (35%), 2x250wd assignments (20%), 1x2hr exam (35%) and tutorial participation (10%)


A reader will be available at the University Copy Centre


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


12 Junior credit points from Anthropology


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