Key Thinkers and Concepts

Subject AIND20007 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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: 2.5 A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 102
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 12.5 points at first year in Australian Indigenous Studies or one of the Faculty of Arts' Interdisciplinary Fooundation (IDF) subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: 100-181 Australian Indigenous Studies
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the 3Disability Liaison Unit website: 4


Mr Philip Morrissey


Philip Morrissey

Subject Overview: This subject will introduce students to key thinkers and concepts in Aboriginal governance, community and cultural activism, Aboriginal advancement, self-determination and social justice. Key Thinkers and Concepts will allow students who have completed the first year Interdisciplinary Foundation Subject 100-181 Australian Indigenous Studies to form a deeper and more profound understanding of the field of contemporary Australian Indigenous Studies. Intellectuals whose ideas will be studied will include anthropologists WEH Stanner, Eric Michaels, Deborah Bird-Rose and Marcia Langton, Cultural Studies theorist Steven Muecke, Cultural Nationalists, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Kevin Gilbert and Mudrooroo; Reconciliation and Social Justice thinkers Patrick and Mick Dodson; conservative thinkers Warren Mundine and Noel Pearson, and Yolgnu leaders Mandawuy and Galarruy Yunupingu.
Objectives: Students who complete this subject will:
  • have a qualitative appreciation of the range and variety of Aboriginal and Settler perspectives on key issues affecting Aboriginal communities and the broader Australian community;
  • be able to make informed distinctions and carry out analyses of Aboriginal and Settler intellectual positions;
  • understand how these thinkers have influenced and continue to influence Australian intellectual, cultural and political discourses and policies.
Assessment: Tutorial participation and a 10-minute paper presentation, 10%, an essay of 1500 words 30% (due mid-semester), and an essay of 2500 words 60% (due at the end of semester). Students are required to attend a minimum of nine tutorials in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Students are advised to consult the following web address for details of assessment penalties which apply to this subject
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject will:
  • have a developed understanding of relevant critical theories and methods;
  • be able to work effectively as an individual and member of class;
  • be competent in the use of a wide range of research applications and resources;
  • communicate complex ideas clearly and comprehensively;
  • produce high quality written material in a timely manner.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Indigenous Studies
Australian Indigenous Studies
Australian Indigenous Studies
Australian Indigenous Studies Major
Australian Studies
Australian Studies
Australian Studies
Australian Studies Major

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