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ISE2003 Media Representations and First Nations People

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 : 28 January 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in ISE2003 if ISE2001 has been previously completed.


Film and media representations continue to be key mediums through which societies gain knowledge and information. The pace at which knowledge and information is exchanged is a positive invention of the 21st century but there are also pitfalls. In the absence of having social relationships with Indigenous peoples these mediums play a key role in informing the wider society about Indigenous People, societies and issues. The accuracy and sources of knowledge about Indigenous Peoples and cultures through film and media is a contentious matter as representations of Indigenous People continue to rely on simple treatments of complex situations and old and new forms of stereotyping. This course seeks to breakdown the stereotypes, provide the counter- positions to misrepresentation and develop a deeper understanding of Indigenous issues.

The course takes an in depth look at how film and media portray Indigenous People, communities and cultures across Australia and globally. Through an analysis of mainstream texts, narratives and film and television critical analytical skills will be developed to encourage students to find a/ or multiple truths behind a story. Stories of success and celebration will be measured alongside stories of despair, neglect and menace. The impact of social media and the speed of global information exchange will be analysed against the rise of social movements. The changing dynamic in information exchange when individual and local communities control the way they are being represented will be analysed against the threat of big media collapse. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix all change the way we give and receive information.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 28 January 2023