Indigenous Australian Studies

Indigenous Australian Studies

KOCR2600 Indigenous Australia: An Introduction

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points Prohibitions: KOCR2100 Assessment: Research essay (40%), Tutorial presentation (10%), Tutorial paper (20%), Short Essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is the first stepping stone in the Indigenous Australian Studies (IAS) Major. Structured around three themes - representation and identity, invasion and colonisation, and resistance and agency - the unit critically examines the historical, social and political contexts of the survival and growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures. Students will gain a critical awareness of traditional and contemporary Indigenous Australia, and develop a decolonised critical framework which underpins the IAS major.
KOCR2602 Issues in Indigenous Rights

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points or KOCR2600 Corequisites: KOCR2600 Assessment: Seminar (30%), Seminar paper (20%), Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The aim of this unit of study is to critically explore the philosophical, legal and cultural foundations of Indigenous rights in Australia and internationally. The unit builds generic skills in philosophical and historical research and theoretical analysis, encouraging students to develop an informed and independent assessment of contemporary issues in Australian and international Indigenous rights.
KOCR2603 Indigenous Health and Communities

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture and 1x2hr tutorial Corequisites: KOCR2100 or KOCR2600 Prohibitions: KOCR2111 Assessment: Tutorial presentation and summary paper 1000wd (30%), short Essay 1500wd (30%), Essay 2000wd (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the historical and contemporary social determinants of Indigenous health. Students have the opportunity to explore sociological and Indigenous health frameworks and identify a range of successful strategies that have worked to improve Aboriginal health and wellbeing. A highlight of this unit is the opportunity to hear from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are passionate about contributing to such improvements. Students also explore ways to collaborate with Aboriginal people and communities to facilitate self-determination in Aboriginal health.
KOCR2604 Politics of Identity, Gender & Knowledge

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Karen O'Brien Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points or KOCR2600 Assessment: presentation (20%), seminar paper (30%), research essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will provide students with grounding in contemporary theories of Indigenous identity and an understanding of current critical writings on identity formation in colonised societies. It will enable students to formulate strategies and methods for understanding and working with notions of identity in relation to Indigenous peoples. In this unit students explore the history and formation of Indigenous identity. Combining contemporary theoretical and historical approaches they will explore the ways in which Indigenous Australians were constructed by colonial discourses. Students explore the multi-layered facets of identity that are held in and on the Indigenous body and identify and critically analyse sites of power, Indigenous knowledges, processes of cultural dissemination and transmission and consider how Indigenous identities were racialised, gendered and subordinated. Students will explore the arena of cultural politics and investigate the ways in which Indigenous agency has manifested, for example, through innovative critical perspectives and through creative re-presentations in a variety of media, in film, documentary, photography and prose.
KOCR2605 Speaking Gamilaraay 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr seminar/week Assessment: 7x 900wd Written weekly assignments (20%), 7x 900wd Weekly Gamilaraay recordings (20%), 2x 450wd In-class written tests (10%), 2x 900wd Conversations (20%), 1x450wd Final writing task (10%), 1x450wd Final recording task (10%), 1x450wd Production of learning resource (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Gamilaraay is an Indigenous Australian language from the mid-northwest of NSW that is currently undergoing revitalisation. This unit of study will provide students with a basic competence in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Gamilaraay sufficient to recognise and construct simple utterances in the language, and to understand its relationships with other languages. Classes will progressively develop each student's abilities in the language.
KOCR2610 Indigenous Community Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: KOCR2603 Assessment: 1x1000wd Class presentation (20%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2000wd Report (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines how community development approaches can influence health and wellbeing outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Students will examine past approaches, current trends and theories underpinning community development. Students will reflect on their role in working with Aboriginal communities to develop processes that build capacity in health delivery and support Indigenous self determination. This unit also considers the nature of ethical research practice within an Indigenous community setting.
KOCR2611 Issues in Indigenous History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KOCR2600 or 12 credit points Junior history Assessment: 1x1500wd Film or book review (30%), 1x3000wd Research essay (60%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the key issues and debates that have shaped the development of Indigenous History in Australia. You will examine how Indigenous responses to colonialism have been variously interpreted, explore Indigenous perspectives on the writing and representation of Indigenous History in historiography, documentary and feature film and literature, and examine the legacy of the past in the present. The unit also considers questions of historical evidence, the uses of evidence and the different ways of presenting history.
KOCR3602 Race, Racism and Indigenous Australia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Corequisites: KOCR2600 Assessment: 1xTutorial presentation (25%), 1x1500wd Critical resource analysis (30%), 1x2000wd Case study (35%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores theories of race and racism focussing on Indigenous Australian race relations. Opportunity is provided to understand the development of Racism as an impact on individuals - victim and perpetrator; and systemic systems at local, national and international levels. The unit explores what racism means in the social justice agenda through issues such as: equity and anti-racism; in particular the direct impact of racism as a tool in the creation of social and economic disadvantage in Australian Indigenous communities.
KOCR3606 Colonisation and Decolonisation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KOCR2600 Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent Oral Presentation (20%), 1x1000wd Seminar Paper (30%), 1x2500wd Research essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Colonised peoples are often classified according to Western intellectual, political and historical priorities. This unit of study critically evaluates Western classifications of Indigenous Australia and the Pacific by investigating three key themes: Indigenous histories and representation, colonising and decolonising Indigenous peoples and international contexts. It presents revised understandings of the lived realities of Indigenous cultures through exploring regional and cultural identities, neocolonialism, nuclear testing, gender relations, resistance and overpowering colonialism.
KOCR3607 Re-awakening Australian Languages

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, Fieldwork excursion Prerequisites: KOCR2600 or LNGS2611 or KOCR2605 Assessment: 1x900wd Tutorial paper (20%), 1x1800wd Essay (40%), 1x1800wd Field report (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Australia holds an unenviable record for its loss of Indigenous languages and actively pursues a de facto policy of English monolingualism. This unit examines how Indigenous communities are resisting this trend and reviving so-called extinct languages through examining the roles of language policy and planning, community activism, language centres, education, technology and the linguistic processes involved. Lecture and seminar content is supplemented by a fieldwork excursion (at additional cost) to a regional language centre and associated school programs.
KOCR3614 Comparative Indigenous School Experience

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr Lecture; 1x2hr Tutorial Prerequisites: KOCR2600 Assessment: 1x20min (equivalent 1000wd) Tutorial presentation (20%), 1x1250wd Tutorial paper (30%), 1x2250wd Major Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Formal schooling has been a critical frontier of engagement for Indigenous peoples in both colonial and postcolonial states and societies. This course examines in comparative and historical perspective both the school institution and Indigenous schooling experience across a variety of social and political contexts, including those in Australia and the Americas. Critical consideration is given to school curriculum and culture as well as Indigenous socio-cultural conceptions and practice, for identity, including Indigeneity, citizenship, power, resistance, agency, and contemporary circumstance.