IKC202 Indigenous Australians and Literatures: Critical Endeavours (8)

Students will be introduced to Indigenous Australian writing, performance and cinema to explore the ways Indigenous Australian peoples use creative endeavours to express Indigenous perspectives and challenge dominant culture control over Indigenous cultural expression. Critical perspectives are applied to identify underlying constraints inherent in non-Indigenous portrayals of Indigenous Australian peoples and cultures and interprets texts produced by Indigenous Australians for their political and cultural activism. Students will consider and participate in contemporary literary spaces in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous content and perspectives are negotiated.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
Online
Dubbo Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Indigenous Australian Studies
Assumed Knowledge

Understanding of Indigenous Australian Culture, Histories and contemporary realities

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Contextualise Indigenous Australian texts within specificities of history and culture
  • Explore meaning in literature as mediated by the cultures and ontologies of the writer and reader
  • Identify themes and textual features and conduct structural and stylistic analysis
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse representations of Indigenous Australians and cultures in literary productions
  • Create a literary text that demonstrates negotiation of Indigenous agendas in text production
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • NON-INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATIONS OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
  • Constructing Indigenous people through texts
  • Being ?written about? as a form of disempowerment
  • The parameters of the industry
  • INDIGENOUS LITERARY PRODUCTION
  • Key Indigenous literary productions since 1788
  • The continuity of oral traditions
  • RECLAIMING THE AGENDA
  • Literary products as political activism
  • Writing identity
  • Cultural expression and Indigenous perspectives
  • CONTEMPORARY TEXT PRODUCTION
  • Collaborative productions
  • Towards an Indigenous Australian literary tradition
Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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