Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Robyn Heckenberg


This unit provides students with an historical and contemporary overview of Australian Indigenous Art.The unit contextualises the place of Art in Indigenous culture posing interesting questions and points of view in relation to links to Country, diversity of Indigenous society and art used as a voice piece. The unit will also examine the growth in the participation of Indigenous artists in the marketplace and issues of copyright and intellectual property.


On completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have gained an insight into the importance and relevance of art practice to the core cultural practices of Australian Indigenous societies, including links to the land and the Dreaming
  2. Have been introduced and be able to articulate the complexity and diversity of Australian Indigenous culture as reflected in art and craft (material culture).
  3. Have an understanding of the major issues of concern to Indigenous artists, including copyright and intellectual property issues.
  4. Have discussed and understood how contemporary Indigenous art practice reflects social and political concerns of Indigenous Australians.

At level 3, students will have an understanding of how to critique and analyse the work of Indigenous urban art work.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


AIS2045, AIS3045, ATS2366