Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Berwick Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Robyn Heckenberg/Andrew Gunstone


Previously coded AIS1011


The unit will commence with an examination of the representation of Australian Indigenous peoples and societies. It will then explore the topics of Indigenous spirituality, customary law, kinship systems and languages. The unit will then examine government policies, Indigenous resistance, land rights and native title, deaths in custody, stolen generations, reconciliation and sovereignty.


On successful completion of this subject, students will:

  1. Be able to express the knowledge and understandings they have gained of the diversity of Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and social organisations and of Indigenous perspectives and identities.
  2. Understand the impact of colonisation upon these, and Aboriginal responses to this.
  3. Have an awareness of the value of interdisciplinary approaches to a study of this kind.
  4. Have developed skills of organising materials and using these to write in a coherent way on topics of their choice, with suitable referencing of sources consulted.


Essay 1 (700 words): 15%
Essay 2 (1800 words): 40%
Exam (2000 words): 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Robyn Heckenberg/Andrew Gunstone

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

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

Community studies
Australian studies
Australian Indigenous studies


AIS1010, AIS1011, KRS2010, GSC1801