IKC300 Indigenous Australians and the Politics of Race and Representation (8)


This subject introduces students to concepts and theories of race and outlines the historical representations of group Indigeneity in Australia. It explores the social and cultural constructions of race and national identity and aligns them with concepts of representation. It critiques the impact of media representations of Indigenous Australians on contemporary perceptions of Indigeneity and examines the intersections between such perceptions and professional cultural competencies.

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Session 2
OnlineDubbo Campus
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Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Indigenous Australian Studies

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have an understanding of the historical factors which have impacted on Indigenous Australians

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the social and cultural constructions of race
  • be able to identify the cultural construction of national group identity
  • be able to examine representations of Indigeneity in the Australian context
  • be able to critically review the intersections between politics, the media and representations of Indigenous Australians
  • be able to explain and apply concepts and theories of race to professional practices


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theorizing 'race'
  • The social construction of race
  • Nationhood, race and identity
  • Historical and contemporary representations of Indigenous Australians
  • The media and Indigenous Australians-discursive formations
  • Implications for Professional Practice


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.