Aboriginal Australia through European Eyes
This Australian Studies course will consider how historians, anthropologists, creative artists, museum curators and the mass media have viewed and presented images of Aboriginal Australia. It places European conceptions about the nature of Australia’s indigenous people in historical context and examines how and why they have changed. Students will be required to evaluate a variety of sources including first contact narratives, anthropological and history texts, museum and art exhibits, films, novels and media articles.
|Faculty||Faculty of Education and Arts|
|School||School of Humanities and Social Science|
Not currently offered
By the end of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to: 1. Evaluate representations of Australian Aboriginal society 2. Form a critical understanding of the underlying assumptions that inform notions about non-European cultures 3. Understand the process of scholarly debate and creative responds 4. Develop and refine their own critical, analytical and communication skills that are transferable to other domains of study, paid work and civic life
This course will be divided into a number of modules based on the various media explorers journals, scholarly texts, novels, film, paintings, exhibitions - through which Europeans have represented Australian Aboriginal society. Texts that may be considered include: James Bonwick, Daily Life and Origins of the Tasmanians, A.P. Elkin, The Australian Aborigines, Dianne Bell, Daughters of the Dreaming, the novels of Katherine Susannah Prichard and Xavier Herbert, Peter Sutton, Dreamings, the art of the Port Jackson painter and films such as Jeddah, Tracker and Rabbit Proof Fence.
|Transition||Students who have completed HUMA6000 can not enrol in HIST6010.|
|Assumed Knowledge||Undergraduate program, preferably in the Humanities|
|Timetable||2017 Course Timetables for HIST6010|