This 13-week online unit in Australian Society, Aboriginal Voices, provided by Open Universities Australia through the University of South Australia, aims to help students build upon their existing knowledge of Aboriginal cultures. The unit examines contemporary Aboriginal texts and compares these with writings by other indigenous nations. It also examines how the perception of Aboriginal people has developed throughout Australian history from colonial to post-colonial times, and also looks at the Aboriginal concepts of 'self'.
Throughout the unit, students will examine historical and contemporary portrayals of indigenous people within literature, cinema and historical documents, and examine indigenous and non-indigenous post-colonial theory. Students will be able to analyse a range of Aboriginal art and writing, and develop the specialised knowledge to understand Aboriginal identity within the broader context of Australian culture.
There are no prerequisites for this unit; so anyone can apply. It is assumed however, that students possess an introductory level of knowledge in this area prior to enrolling in the unit.
Areas of study
In this Australian Society, Aboriginal Voices unit, the topics you will study include:
Aboriginal authors: stories from rural, urban and remote communities
Aboriginal people represented in literature and film
Examine Aboriginal writing as both literature and history
Concept of 'voice', in relation to history, representation and culture
Issues of audiences and contexts of publishing and transcription
Other important forms of expression, e.g. cinema, dance, music, theatre and visual art
Cultural connections, comparison of different regions and contemporary and historic forms of cultural expression
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University
Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), University of South Australia
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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By examining the historical and contemporary treatment of Aboriginal people within the context of literature, history and art, you will gain an understanding of how to identify and compare central themes and issues within the texts presented throughout the unit. You will be able to analyse these texts within the context of a range of contemporary theories and critically compare representations of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and cultures within them.
You will learn how to analyse a broad section of writing, art, historical representation and biography within the Aboriginal culture so that you will be able to recognise and understand Aboriginal writing and art as it stands within the broader Australian culture.
Using this knowledge you will be able to recognise representations of Aboriginal people as made by Aboriginal people or by non-Aboriginal people. Comparing their development of self against the development of the perception of indigenous people in colonial and post-colonial Australia will also inform you of the way in which these perceptions have, or have not, changed over time.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Australian Society, Aboriginal Voices from the University of South Australia.
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Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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