ABOR6002

Decolonisation: An Australian Context

10 Units

"The heritage of an indigenous people is not merely a collection of objects, stories and ceremonies, but a complete knowledge system with its own concepts of epistemology, philosophy, and scientific and logical validity." (Battiste, M. 2000 p.19) This subject has been designed to explore the process and framework by which indigenous peoples currently find ourselves addressing issues, within a framework that embodies the concept of decolonisation. This subject will analyze the process and impact of colonization and imperialism on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, specifically, Euro-centrism and the resulting representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It will explore the confluence of differing world views; indigenous and non-indigenous.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
Availability Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges/world views
  2. Develop an understanding of different world views and their confluence; specifically Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Western/European world views
  3. Critically analyse knowledge that exists about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and has ‘defined’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; specifically explore the impact of colonisation and euro centrism on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
  4. Develop an understanding of the concept and framework of decolonisation.
  5. Listen to and centralise the voices of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  6. Explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian experiences and challenges of decolonisation
Content
  • Understanding Indigenous concept of ‘country’
  • Understanding Indigenous knowledge’s and our mediums of expression; story, performance etc.
  • The importance of language for Indigenous knowledges
  • Understanding Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of and responses to colonialism and imperialism
  • Euro centrism and the European ethnographic tradition; anthropology and other sciences
  • Images of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; myths and stereotypes
  • Defining and contextualising decolonisation
  • Indigenous voices and expressions of decolonisation through the arts, poetry, literature, dance and other forms of Indigenous knowledge
  • Indigenous heritage and Euro centric intellectual and cultural property rights
  • Globalisation and its impact
  • Protection of Indigenous knowledge’s and heritages; case studies
  • A decolonising framework and agenda in a contemporary environment
  • Decolonising ourselves
Assessment Items
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL exercises
  • Online Learning Activity: Collaborative Talking Circle
Contact Hours
  • Integrated Learning Session: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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