Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


This unit examines a range of distinctly Aboriginal methods, motivations and techniques in visual cultural production such as visual art, photography, curatorial practices and documentary, feature and short films. It also explores the ways in which newcomers have depicted Aboriginal people and cultures, and Aboriginal responses to these representations. Students examine professional protocols related to Aboriginal film, art and media representation and issues surrounding appropriation and intellectual property.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) critically analyse representations of Aboriginal people, making links to knowledge of social and historical contexts in an essay; (2) demonstrate an appreciation of Aboriginal perspectives and range of Aboriginal styles and methods in visual cultural production; (3) demonstrate an understanding of appropriation and intellectual property issues; (4) demonstrate an understanding of professional protocols related to Aboriginal film, art and media representation; (5) apply those understandings in the writing of a detailed research essay; and (6) demonstrate communication skills in oral presentation and academic writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) engagement and participation assessments; (2) workshop presentation; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Jessyca Hutchens
Unit rules
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
or HIST1100 Aboriginal History
VISA2051 Curatorial Practices.
INDG3500 Image, Representation and Appropriation
Contact hours
6 weeks compressed mode: 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.