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IA2010 - Black Writers

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies

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 complexities of Black Australian writing in the context of post-colonial Australia and its relation to everyday life 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

  • reflect on the history, forms and conventions of what has come to be recognised as 'literature' and consider how Indigenous literature has been influenced by this framework;
  • engage and become familiar with a range of print and film texts by writing responses using traditional conventions of literary criticism;
  • analyse the way in which texts operate as social practices within social, historical and political contexts and within relations of power and ideology;
  • 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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
IA1010 and IA5020


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments (20%); on-line literary critiques (45%); centrally-administered final exam (35%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Must have access to LearnJCU

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