Reading Indigenous Writing (KCSE3203)


The aim of this unit of study is to introduce students to Australian Indigenous literature. It presents students with a range of foundational and contemporary Indigenous authors and their work in the genres of poetry, fiction and autobiographical writing. It develops students' capacities to identify and reflectively engage with such genres by addressing central critical texts and the social, historical and political contexts of Indigenous writing practice. The unit will build generic skills in literary reading, genre identification, critical and theoretical analysis and historical research, and will encourage students to develop an informed and independent assessment of contemporary Indigenous literature.

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Block Mode


critical response (3 x 20%) and essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

96 credit points of units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.