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IA2010 - Black Writers

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies (pre 2015)

Available to all undergraduate students.

This subject looks at the development of Black Australian writing and the way in which Black Australians have used writing to reflect their lives and consciousness. There will be an overview of Indigenous Australian literature in relation to social, historical and political contexts. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and popular critically acclaimed feature films will be explored through various models of contemporary literary criticism and students will apply conventions from these, as well as their own perspectives in the appreciation and analysis of selected texts. On completion of this subject students should understand the impact and place of Black Australian writing in Australia today. This subject will be offered through on-line activities and therefore requires students to have access to the World Wide Web. Those students who do not have access to LearnJCU must contact the Subject Co-ordinator.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse the way in which texts operate as social practices within social, historical and political contexts and within relations of power and ideology;
  • reflect on the history, forms and conventions of what has come to be recognised as 'literature' and demonstrate how Indigenous literature written in English has been influenced by this framework;
  • engage and become familiar with a range of print and film texts by applying traditional conventions of practical criticism to demonstrate in writing or speech the comprehension, analysis and interpretation of the similarities and differences in themes, styles and literary devices used by Indigenous Australian writers to shape meanings;
  • critically review a range of texts in order to evaluate their effectiveness as counter discourses and self-representation; also: produce personally relevant re-readings and resistant readings by exploring the impact and place of Indigenous writers in Australia today.
IA1010 and IA5020


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Ms Sharon Moore
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Ms Sharon Moore, <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); short story critique (20%); poetry analysis (20%); film review (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Must have access to LearnJCU

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); poetry analysis (20%); short story critique (20%); film review (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Must have access to LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.