On Country Learning: Indigenous Studies

Subject 166-392 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

February, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours taught intensively in the field from Sunday 8 February - Friday 13 February 2009.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: The completion of 25 points of level 1 politics or Indigenous studies and 37.5 points of level 2 Politics or Indigenous Studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Wayne Roderick Atkinson


Dr. Wayne Atkinson


Subject Overview: This subject provides an in depth study of the historic Indigenous political struggle for racial equality, land justice, heritage control, and for self determination, by focusing on the Yorta Yorta as a case study. It embraces a number of relevant Indigenous political and historic themes. These will focus on pre- and post-contact history, colonisation, government policies and administration, land/heritage management, and the Yorta Yorta politico-legal struggle for their inherent rights to land, heritage, water and self determination.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject should...
  • understand the antiquity and the holistic nature of Indigenous occupation and connections with country and the relationship between land, culture and identity;
  • articulate the concept of change, adaption and continuity in the Yorta Yorta context;
  • demonstrate from the 'On Country Learning' experience, knowledge of the key historic, social economic and political issues confronting Indigenous groups in regional Australia;
  • critically assess the extent to which Indigenous Australians have been able to gain rights under Australian politico-legal systems.
Assessment: A journal of 1500 words 40% (due in early March) and a research essay of 2500 words 60% (due in the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: A list of readings will be available prior to commencement of subject.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject should
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • be able to communicate knowledge ideologically and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;
  • be able to participate in team work through small group discussions.

Formerly available as 166-230. Students who have completed 166-230 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

2009 Field Trip: Sunday 8 February - Friday 13 February.

A quota of 32 students applies to this subject. Students should obtain an application form the Arts and Music Student Support Centre during the course planning period.

On Country Learning: Indigenous Studies is not available as a Breadth subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Indigenous Studies
Australian Indigenous Studies
Australian Indigenous Studies
Australian Indigenous Studies Major
Political Science Major
Politics & International Studies
Politics and International Studies

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