Aboriginal Culture and Politics in Australia

Course code SOCA3174Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Focuses upon the social and cultural life of Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples in modern liberal states through the use of comparative studies. It examines the consequences of dispossession, their cultural/racial stigmatisation and their subordination. It also focuses on how Indigenous peoples have been engaged in the political, social and economic arenas in order to mitigate their circumstances and regain aspects of their communal autonomy. The course exposes students to the complex terrain that contemporary ethnographic research engages. The deprived and underprivileged status of Aboriginal peoples is dealt with in terms of the broader questions of political and economic inequality in modern nation states.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon the completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1) to introduce students to the range and depth of research and scholarship in social anthropology and sociology in Aboriginal studies
2) to look at the research strategies that have been developed
3) to understand the modern forms of power that have emerged and are deployed to manage marginalised Indigenous populations
4) to apply the understandings of the course to contemporary issues.
ContentThe course considers
* the historical and social issues associated with aspects of social life for Aboriginal Australians from a comparative perspective with other Indigenous peoples in modern liberal states
* the relations of Indigenous peoples with state systems in contexts of colonial conquest and racial stigmatisation and subordination.
* the relations between Indigenous groups and liberal states will be cover political and economic inequality in modern nation states.
* the unique status of Indigenous peoples requires our understanding of the issues to be extended beyond the question of equal rights to the question of cultural rights as it applies to Aboriginal people.
* Indigenous representations of their experience as expressed in their contributions to art, politics and literature.
Replacing Course(s)Rebadging HUMA2164 to 3XXX level
HUMA3174 Aboriginal Culture and Politics in Australia
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HUMA2164 or HUMA3174 should not enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 (1,500 words) worth 35% due mid-semester
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2 (2,000 words) worth 45% due end of semester
Presentations - TutorialTutorial presentation/paper worth 20% (1,000 words)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term