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IA2022 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: Division of Tropical Environments & Societies

This subject examines how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were re-constituted as colonial subjects. Students will be introduced to the thinking that underpinned colonial rationales and will engage and critically review a range of discourses, contexts, historical events, and government policies that have shaped the experiences and reconstituted the identities of Indigenous Australians over time and across the continent. A focus is placed on the construction of Indigenous people as a problem. The subject provides students with opportunities to comprehend the past, present and future costs to Aboriginal people, societies, knowledge, and cultural practices accruing from the destructive forces of colonial interventions across the nation, including North Queensland. This is a second year subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically engage with a range of historical analyses;
  • deconstruct the rationales of colonial discourse and practice;
  • analyse the historical construction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'problem' and its relation to the colonial quest for land, resources and labour and Enlightenment thinking about human progress;
  • describe the colonial production of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities;
  • apply productive dispositions and communication skills required to navigate complex knowledge intersections in professional and other everyday spaces, appropriate to Level 2 study;
  • critically review knowledge and understanding of the rationales, intentions and effects of government policy responses and practices for Indigenous people.

Subject Assessment

  • presentations (20%)
  • tutorial attendance and participation (20%)
  • essays (40%)
  • situational analysis (20%).

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Lecturer: Dr Dianna Hardy.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Lecturer: Dr Dianna Hardy.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online lectures
  • 26 hours threaded online discussions - discussion boards
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Lecturers: Mrs Sandra Boswell, Dr Dianna Hardy.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.