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Indigenous Lifeworlds: local to the global XBR113

Hobart, Launceston


This unit uses the theoretical concept of 'Lifeworlds' to frame an exploration of the life worlds of Indigenous peoples globally: across cultural, social being and doing of Indigenous peoples at the local (palawa/pakana)Tasmania, national (Noongar), Western Australia and international (Navajo (Dine), Native American level. Students will gain knowledge of Indigenous lifeworlds through engagement with Indigenous perspectives, Indigenous scholars and Elders. The concept of the 'Lifeworld' frames our analysis of Indigenous peoples' contemporary social, cultural, political and economic realities. All three peoples, palawa, Noongar and Navajo (Dine), are distinct socially, culturally and historically and this distinctiveness is a central element of the unit. Indigenous life worlds also includes the lived reality of being colonised minorities within their traditional lands, and this shared position is also explored within the unit. A core goal of the unit is for students to understand their own Lifeworld and how it locates them in relation to Indigenous peoples, within and without their own nation state. The unit prioritises Indigenous scholarship and perspectives in its theoretical and empirical development and draws from the disciplines of sociology, education, political science and Indigenous studies. Undertaking this unit will prepare students for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their future professional lives and also provide a more generic cultural competency for working with people from cultural backgrounds different to their own.


Unit name Indigenous Lifeworlds: local to the global
Unit code XBR113
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School DVC Students & Education
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Discipline Sociology and Criminology|Riawunna Centre

Professor Maggie Walter

Teaching staff

Maggie Walter, Daphne Habibis, Wendy Aitkin, Caroline Spotswood, Jodi Haines, Jacob Prehn, Huw Peacock

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 090311

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Teaching Pattern

1-2 Hour Lecture and 1 hour tutorial weekly


Three assessments. Assessment 1: Online interpretive task 20% Assessment 2: Case Study 40% Assessment 3: Learnings Portfolio 40%

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