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ISE1002 Comparative and Contemporary Indigenous Cultures

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 February 2023


Issues around contemporary Australian First Nations cultures continue to be mired in racist representations of inadequacy. There are also commonalities of experience in other colonised cultures where the coloniser did not leave, and whilst we remain unaware of these it is too easy to lay the blame of contemporary realities on a failure of culture, rather than perfectly executed and planned results of colonisation. This course introduces and engages students with contemporary Indigenous Australian politics, societies and issues in the comparative context of other settler colonial societies. It compares the accounts of First Nations peoples' experience across Pacific nations and Continental America (including Canada and South America).

This course will begin with an introduction to a broad range of issues of relevance to contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. This will be layered against a weekly analysis of other First Nations cultures and their experiences. Through an analysis of academic texts, songs, written stories and video representations an understanding will be gained about international First Nations cultures and how such knowledge theoretically impacts on analysis of Australasian First Nations cultures.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 4 February 2023