Indigenous Australian Studies

Unit of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Indigenous Australian Studies

KOCR2600
Indigenous Australia: An Introduction
6    P 18 Junior credit points
N KOCR2100
Semester 1
Semester 2
KOCR2602
Issues in Indigenous Rights
6    C KOCR2600
N KOCR2102
Semester 2
KOCR2603
Indigenous Health and Communities
6    C KOCR2100 or KOCR2600
Semester 1
KOCR2604
Politics of Identity, Gender & Knowledge
6    P 18 junior credit points

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
KOCR2605
Speaking Gamilaraay 1
6      Semester 1
KOCR2607
Indigenous Creative Expression
6      Semester 1
KOCR2608
Speaking Gamilaraay 2
6    P KOCR2605
Semester 2
KOCR2610
Indigenous Community Development
6    P KOCR2603

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
KOCR2611
Issues in Indigenous History
6    P KOCR2600 or 12 credit points junior history
Semester 2
KOCR2612
Introduction to Aboriginal Literature
6    P 12 junior Arts credit points
Semester 1
KOCR3602
Race, Racism and Indigenous Australia
6    C KOCR2600
Semester 1
KOCR3607
Re-awakening Australian Languages
6    P KOCR2600 or LNGS2611 or KOCR2605
Semester 2
KOCR3608
Case Studies in Indigenous Health
6    P KOCR2603
Semester 2
KOCR3612
Transnational Indigenous Poetics
6    P 12 senior credit points from Table A
Semester 2

Unit of study descriptions

Indigenous Australian Studies

KOCR2600 Indigenous Australia: An Introduction

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Lynette Riley Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 x 1hr lec & 1 x 1hr tutorial weekly Prerequisites: 18 Junior credit points Prohibitions: KOCR2100 Assessment: research essay (40%); tutorial presentation (10%); tutorial paper (20%); short essay (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B S W, UG Study Abroad Program.
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Karen O'Brien Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1hr lec and 1 x 2hr tut Corequisites: KOCR2600 Prohibitions: KOCR2102 Assessment: seminar (30%), seminar paper (20%), essay (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, UG Study Abroad Program.
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Katrina Thorpe Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 1hr lec and 1 x 2hr tut Corequisites: KOCR2100 or KOCR2600 Assessment: tutorial presentation and fact sheet (30%), short essay (20%), essay (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit of study is the first of three units that form part of the Health and Wellbeing Stream of the Indigenous Studies Major. This unit aims to give an historical and contemporary understanding of the diverse range of issues impacting on Aboriginal Health. Students have the opportunity to examine sociological and Indigenous health frameworks and identify a range of strategies which work towards improving the health of Indigenous Australians. 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 will also explore the ways in which they may work 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: 1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 2hr tutorial per week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: presentation (20%), seminar paper (30%), research essay (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
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 Teacher/Coordinator: John Giacon Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 3hr seminar/wk Assessment: homework sheets (35%), oral performance (45%), essay (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, UG Study Abroad Program.
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 take the form of three-hour intensive oral workshops that progressively develop each student's abilities in the language. Assessment will be by short written assignments based on lesson content and an appraisal of individual oral/aural performance together with a short essay on Gamilaraay culture or a related topic.
KOCR2607 Indigenous Creative Expression

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Michelle Blanchard Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 3hr seminar/wk Assessment: essay (40%), seminar presentation (25%) and creative exhibit (35%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit of study aims to give students the opportunity to critically engage with a variety of artistic and creative practices undertaken by Indigenous Australians. It's envisaged that students will be encouraged to critically examine and understand the role of Indigenous performance/theatre, writing, dance, film, visual arts and music in Indigenous Australian cultural maintenance.
KOCR2608 Speaking Gamilaraay 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: John Giacon Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 3hr seminar/week Prerequisites: KOCR2605 Assessment: written exercises (35%); spoken performance (45%); language learning resource (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit builds on the language covered in Speaking Gamilaraay 1. After revision of that work it focuses on speaking Gamilaraay more fluently and using more complex language. It introduces further vocabulary and more grammatical features relating to pronouns, verbs and other aspects of language. There will also be some work on language texts and songs, and discussion of the nature of revival languages. Students will also be required to produce a language learning resource.
KOCR2610 Indigenous Community Development

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr John Evans Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1hr lecture/week and 1 x 2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: KOCR2603 Assessment: participation (10%), presentation (20%), essay (30%), field task (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Int S, Dip Arts, UG Study Abroad Program.
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Leah Lui-Chivizhe Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture/week and 1x 1 hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: KOCR2600 or 12 credit points junior history Assessment: participation (10%), review (30%), essay (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Int S, Dip Arts, UG Study Abroad Program.
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.
KOCR2612 Introduction to Aboriginal Literature

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Peter Minter Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 3hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 junior Arts credit points Assessment: participation (10%), presentations (20%), short essay (30%), take-home exan (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Ec, LL B, UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit of study provides an introduction to the literature of Aboriginal Australia. It surveys a range of texts from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first century, including early letters and chronicles, works of fiction, poetry and plays, and political manifestos and song-lyrics. These texts are read in the light of Aboriginal cultural and political life, the specificities of tradition, colonisation, resistance and survival, and Aboriginal interpolations of modernity, postmodernity and postcolonialism.
KOCR3602 Race, Racism and Indigenous Australia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Lynette Riley and Dr Lynda Blanchard Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 x 1hr lecture/week and 1 x 1hr tutorial/week Corequisites: KOCR2600 Assessment: presentation (35%), resource (30%), case study (35%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Int S, Dip Arts, UG Study Abroad Program.
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.
KOCR3607 Re-awakening Australian Languages

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: John Hobson and Susan Poetsch Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr semesinar per week, Fieldwork excursion Prerequisites: KOCR2600 or LNGS2611 or KOCR2605 Assessment: presentation and paper (20%), essay (40%), field report (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Int S, Dip Arts, UG Study Abroad Program.
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.
KOCR3608 Case Studies in Indigenous Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Katrina Thorpe Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 2hr workshop weekly Prerequisites: KOCR2603 Assessment: literature review (20%), group project (30%), presentation (20%), reflective journal (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Ec, LL B, UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit of study is underpinned by an assumption that the statistical life expectancy gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians will be closed through a range of diverse actions that include but are not limited to the health sector. A series of Indigenous health case studies focusing on sport, substance use and nutrition will be explored. Students will develop an understanding of effective ways to collaborate with Indigenous Australians across the disciplines of health, education and social work in order to achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and communities.
KOCR3612 Transnational Indigenous Poetics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Peter Minter Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 3hr seminar/weekly Prerequisites: 12 senior credit points from Table A Assessment: participation (10%), presentation (20%), short essay (30%), take-home exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day Associated degrees: B A, B A (Adv)(Hons), B A (Adv)(Hons), M B B S, B Ec, LL B, UG Study Abroad Program.
This unit engages in a transnational study of Australian, Pacific, Asian and American Indigenous poetry and poetics. It surveys a range of key twentieth and twenty-first century Indigenous poets and their principal texts, reading them as exemplars of the encounter between Aboriginal cultural and poetic traditions and western modernity, postmodernity and the postcolonial. The unit explores the centrality of poetry to Indigenous cultures, its spiritual, social and political functions, and the distinctiveness of its contribution to a contemporary transnational poetics.