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AIS4011 - Theories and Research Methodologies in Australian Indigenous Studies

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Andrew Gunstone


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)


Theories and methodologies appropriate to writing a dissertation. Theoretical and methodological issues involved in researching and writing Indigenous histories, including race, gender, class and ethnicity. Constructions of Aboriginality and discourses of Aboriginalism. Interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Concepts of 'race' in Australian Indigenous and other settings.


Upon completion of this unit students should have developed an understanding of:

  1. Their own subject and speaking positions;
  2. Constructions of Aboriginality and discourses of Aboriginalism;
  3. Ethical responsibilities and different methodological approaches to Australian Indigenous Studies;
  4. Theories, practices, and the importance of oral history. 5. Historical and contemporary concepts of 'race' in Australian scholarship;
  5. The value of interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives;
  6. And be able to demonstrate the ability to research, analyse and communicate effectively and to a high level in both written and oral forms.


Oral presentation and written seminar paper (3000 words): 30%
Essay (6000 words): 70%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


A major sequence in Australian Indigenous Studies


KRS4010, AIS4010