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Activism, Politics and Indigenous Australia ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Andrew Gunstone

Gippsland First semester 2006 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2006 (OCL)

Synopsis: This Unit analyses two broad, interrelated themes: firstly, the political struggles and activism of Indigenous peoples; and secondly, the numerous Government policies that have affected Indigenous peoples. The first section of the Unit examines these themes from a historical perspective, exploring issues such as protectionism, the 1938 Day of Mourning, assimilation, the 1967 Referendum, self-determination and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. The second section of the Unit discusses several contemporary Indigenous issues that relate to the two themes. These issues include: land rights, native title, deaths in custody, the stolen generation, reconciliation, treaty, welfare reform and sovereignty.

Objectives: Same as AIS2025. Plus level 3 students enrolled in AIS3025 will be expected to show that they have a greater depth of knowledge and have read more widely than the Level 2 students enrolled in AIS2025.

Assessment: Essay 1 (700 words): 15% + Essay 2 (1800 words): 40% + Examination (2 hours): 45% + Students will be expected to demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge and to have read more widely than the AIS2025 students

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: 12 points at first year in any discipline

Prohibitions: AIS2025