Indigenous Arts and Cultural Identity

Subject INAM60001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

July, Southbank - 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: 40 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
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 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.
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Subject Overview: This subject will concentrate on aspects of Indigenous Australian culture in Australia with a focus on Victorian Indigenous culture. Students who complete this subject will have a sound knowledge of traditions, self-determination and political and cultural history. The subject will then focus student discussion on national Indigenous arts and cultural expression and how Victorian Indigenous arts and culture fits into the scope of national Indigenous affairs. This will include study of artistic styles and cultural influences across the country, spirituality and cultural significance, authenticity, contemporary art including urban identity and the diversity of identity across Australia. This subject will also reference global Indigenous cultures, artistic expression and aim to identify cultural and political parallels.
  • have an understanding of the field of Indigenous arts and cultural studies in local, state, national and international contexts;
  • understand the history of Indigenous people and the way in which it has shaped cultural traditions and contemporary values;
  • provide a broad knowledge of Indigenous arts as a genre;
  • understand, appreciate and respect the cultural identity of Indigenous people and the way this is explored through art.
Assessment: Students will be assessed upon the quality of their class participation and in-class assignments set by lecturers (35%); Individual written project 1,500 words (25%); Individual presentation of research paper equivalent to 2,500 words (40%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should:
  • have gained experience of methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills;
  • comprehend complex concepts and be able to use this knowledge to problem solve;
  • be able to communicate knowledge ideologically and economically through project writing and tutorial discussion.
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management

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