INDG2600 Indigenous Representation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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.

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)
Dr Cindy Solonec
Unit rules
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.