Indigenous Australia in Literature: Listenin' Up

Description

This course centres stories written, told and shared by Aboriginal Australians for the benefit of all readers. Through "listening"/reading to these stories that come from Country, the course employs Marcia Langton's notion of "intersubjectivity" so that students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, can engage with Aboriginal ways of knowing through stories that share public knowledge about this land. This course uses both Indigenous and non-Indigenous texts to examine the ways in which "Aboriginality" and "whiteness" interact in fictional and non-fictional texts.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2017

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe how representations of identity are constructed and used in literature.

2. Discuss issues related to "race" relations today.

3. Critically evaluate the construction of "whiteness" in Indigenous and non-Indigenous representations.

4. Identify responses to change and difference.

5. Respond to and engage in local, national and global cultural communities.

6. Communicate a scholarly attitude towards representation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledges.

Content

The course covers:

  • Different cultural and political uses of literary texts
  • Representations of colonisation and post-colonial discourses
  • Theoretical and practical examples of Indigenous knowledges, pedagogies and communication tools
  • Exploration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous constructions of Australian identity
  • Engaging with Aboriginal knowledge about Country in the form of stories and literature

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay *

Journal: Journal entries *

Essay: Final essay *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Due to the practical nature of this course students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of classes.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Journal: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks