Indigenous Arts and Cultural Identity

Subject INAM60001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 40 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours per semester





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Eugenia Flynn

Student Programs Coordinator

Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development
Faculty of VCA and MCM
The University of Melbourne

Ground Floor, Hub Building 863
234 St Kilda Rd,

Southbank Vic 3006 Australia
T +61 3 9035 9382

F +61 3 9035 9085

Subject Overview:

This subject investigates aspects of Indigenous Australian culture in Australia with a focus on Victorian Indigenous culture. You develop a sound knowledge of traditions, self-determination and political and cultural history. It is also includes the study of diverse artistic styles, cultural influences, spirituality accross the country as well as authenticity, urban identity and contemporary arts.

Learning Outcomes:
  • have an understanding of the field of Indigenous arts and cultural studies in local, state, national and international contexts;
  • understand the history of Indigenous peoples 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 peoples and the way this is explored through art.

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%)

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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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