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.
- Semester 2 - 2022
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Recognise how representations of identity are constructed and used in Australian literature.
2. Identify issues related to "race" relations in Australian literature.
3. Analyse the construction of "whiteness" in Indigenous and non-Indigenous representations.
4. Develop responses to local, national and global ways of telling stories.
5. Critique representations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships in Australian literature.
The course covers:
- Knowledges shared by First Nation scholars and storytellers
- 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
Participation: Participation (10%) *
Presentation: Oral Presentation (20%) *
Exhibition / Poster: Research Poster (10%) *
Journal: Journal entries (30%) *
Essay: Final essay (30%) *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 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.
- Exhibition / Poster: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.