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 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004

  1. develop an understanding of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge’s/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 analyze knowledge that exists about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and has ‘defined’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; specifically explore the impact of colonization 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 centralize the voices of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  6. explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian experiences and challenges of decolonisation

? Understanding Indigenous concept of ‘country’ ? Understanding Indigenous knowledge’s and our mediums of expression; story, performance etc. ? The importance of language for Indigenous knowledge’s ? 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 contextual sing Desalinization ? Indigenous voices and expressions of desalinisation through the arts, poetry, literature, dance and other forms of Indigenous knowledge ? Indigenous heritage and Euro centric intellectual and cultural property rights ? Globalization and its impact ? Protection of Indigenous knowledge’s and heritages; case studies ? A decolonising framework and agenda in a contemporary environment ? Decolonising ourselves

Replacing Course(s) new course
Transition New course no transition arrangements required.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - Collaborative Talking Circle (equivalent of) 3000 words - 35% Special Study (5000 words) - 35%
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Case Study (minimum 65% competency required) 2000 words - 30%
Contact Hours
  • Integrated Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for ABOR6002

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