Indigenous Australia in Literature: Listenin' Up

Description

Indigenality and Indigenous issues in Australia have been constructed and represented through different literary genres and for different political purposes. This course uses both Indigenous and non-Indigenous texts to examine the ways in which "Indigenality" and "whiteness" have been perpetuated and included in mainstream Australian culture using both fictional and non-fictional texts.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay *

Journal: 8 Journal entries *

Project: Research project *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

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

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term