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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Robyn Heckenberg


Previously coded AIS3035


Australian Indigenous Literature takes the scholar on a journey of listening to and reflecting upon Indigenous voices in a variety of texts, including poetry, theatre, autobiography, early writings and film. The course is intended to expose students to an Indigenous way of seeing history, social issues and life in general. The diversity of Indigenous perspectives and life styles will become apparent, as will the creativity of Indigenous voices in Australia today. Students will gain abilities in critical thinking and analysis of material covered.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  • Have gained a broader appreciation of Indigenous Australian Literature through a variety of formats.
  • Appreciate the diversity of cultural and historical backgrounds of Indigenous people by being exposed to a diverse range of Indigenous creativity
  • Have gained an understanding of the main social and cultural issues that Indigenous people see as relevant.
  • Have gained abilities in being able to critically examine and analyse a variety of texts.
  • Have developed greater writing skills
  • At third year level, students will have fulfilled all the above as well as being able to show a broader background in research and resourcing support articles At third year level students will have demonstrated a greater ability to analyse and formulate a critical evaluation of the texts in the unit, inclusive of Indigenous points of view.


Essay (1500) : 30%
Journal (1000 words) : 25%
2 hour exam: 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Robyn Heckenberg

Contact hours

2 hour seminar

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian Indigenous studies


A sequence of first year subjects


AIS1040, AIS2035, AIS3035, ATS2365