Aboriginal Australia through European Eyes

Course code HIST6010Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This Australian Studies course will consider how historians, anthropologists, creative artists, museum curators and the mass media have viewed and presented images of Aboriginal Australia. It places European conceptions about the nature of Australia's indigenous people in historical context and examines how and why they have changed. Students will be required to evaluate a variety of sources including first contact narratives, anthropological and history texts, museum and art exhibits, films, novels and media articles.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to:
1. Evaluate representations of Australian Aboriginal society
2. Form a critical understanding of the underlying assumptions that inform notions about non-European cultures
3. Understand the process of scholarly debate and creative responds
4. Develop and refine their own critical, analytical and communication skills that are transferable to other domains of study, paid work and civic life
ContentThis course will be divided into a number of modules based on the various media explorers journals, scholarly texts, novels, film, paintings, exhibitions - through which Europeans have represented Australian Aboriginal society. Texts that may be considered include: James Bonwick, Daily Life and Origins of the Tasmanians, A.P. Elkin, The Australian Aborigines, Dianne Bell, Daughters of the Dreaming, the novels of Katherine Susannah Prichard and Xavier Herbert, Peter Sutton, Dreamings, the art of the Port Jackson painter and films such as Jeddah, Tracker and Rabbit Proof Fence.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA6000
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA6000 can not enrol in HIST6010.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate program, preferably in the Humanities
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical evaluation of a major text, film or exhibition, due in first half of semester, 30%
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay, due in second half of semester, 40% 3. Participation in correspondence and weekly tasks, 30%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionParticipation in correspondence and weekly tasks, 30% The number and weighting of assessment items may vary from this list, but details will be confirmed in course guide distributed in first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term