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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Gunstone and Robyn Heckenberg


This is a preparatory unit for further research in the area of Indigenous Studies. Theoretical and methodological issues involved in researching and writing Indigenous Studies, including race, gender, class and ethnicity will be examined. This subject will be underpinned by an examination of appropriate ethical and protocol considerations. The subject will also deeply analyse power and privilege within the context of researching Indigenous Studies. Students will also be given the opportunity to enhance their understandings of Indigenous Studies at a global level.


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;
  6. the value of interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives;
  7. the basis of power and privilege;
  8. indigenous issues at a global level.
Students should also be able to demonstrate the ability to research, analyse and communicate effectively to a high level in both written and oral forms.


Seminar paper (3000 words): 30%
Essay (6000 words): 60%
Presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Andrew Gunstone

Contact hours

2 hours per week


A major sequence in Australian Indigenous Studies


KRS4010, AIS4010, KRS4040, AIS4040