INDG1150 Aboriginal Encounters: Strangers in our Backyard

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Humanities in Health and Medicine; Gender Studies major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit examines the often contested historical realities of Aboriginal experience in postcolonial Australia. Significant eras in shaping an Australian national identity are deconstructed in order to highlight the cultural, social and political impact on, and from, the Aboriginal nation. The unit also explores how collective historical experiences transmit and transform over time.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) use critical thinking skills to incorporate new information about the construction of knowledge; (2) demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal history and how these narratives inform contemporary issues in Australian society; (3) understand the unity of Aboriginal people yet recognise divergence in the narratives of Aboriginal people; (4) develop an understanding of Aboriginal demographics; and (5) imagine a 'third space' for sharing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation assessments; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mel Thomas
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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