Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
Organisational UnitMonash Indigenous Centre
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Rachel Standfield


Previously coded AAS3070


This unit focuses on theoretical and cultural issues involved in 'studying' Australian Aboriginal Women; 'traditional' roles of Aboriginal women and their place in colonial and contemporary Australian society. It will also focus on European constructions of Aboriginal women's identity, the place of Aboriginal women in the state and the nation; Aboriginal women and feminism; media constructions and stereotypes of Aboriginal women; Aboriginal women's cultural autonomy; gender issues in land rights; and Aboriginal women's present needs and future aspirations. It will also look at the lives of Indigenous women in a global perspective.


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

  1. the roles of Australian Aboriginal women historically and in their communities today;
  2. the ways in which academic knowledge of Aboriginal women has been constructed;
  3. developed an awareness of the value of interdisciplinary approaches to a study of Australian aboriginal women;
  4. the importance of Aboriginal oral testimonies, as well as the uses of film and other media in the study of Australian Aboriginal women's lives.


Oral presentation: 10%
Minor essay: 30% (1500 words)
Major research essay: 60% (3000 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours per week

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


First year sequence or with permission of the coordinator


AIS2070, ATS2367, ATS3367