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Indigenous Lifeworlds: Sovereignty, Justice, Society HSS113


This unit explores Indigenous lived realities through an Indigenous lens. Using the theoretical concept of the lifeworld, the focus is the Palawa/Aboriginal People of Lutruwita/Tasmania but includes a comparative study of Navajo (US) peoples to demonstrate the shared historic, socio-cultural lifeworld as well as lifeworld distinctiveness. Country is integral to Aboriginal knowledge and wellbeing, and core learnings are built around a series of virtual tours of country. The end-of-unit on-Country tour guided by Palawa/Aboriginal Knowledge Holders offers students a personal learning engagement with Aboriginal people and culture. Equipping students with a greater understanding of Indigenous lifeworld also enhances understanding of their own lifeworld and how it locates them in relation to Indigenous peoples. Based around the themes of Palawa/Aboriginal sovereignty, justice, and society the unit relates these through the perspective of Indigenous scholarship and Aboriginal voices active in these spaces. Palawa society is explored from deep to contemporary time, highlighting the unbroken social and cultural links as well as the dramatic societal and cultural disruption of colonisation. Aboriginal sovereignty explores the historic and contemporary pursuit of rights, inclusive of land rights, political rights as articulated in the Uluru Statement and data sovereignty rights. Under the theme of justice, we examine reparative actions such as Tasmanian constitutional recognition, repatriation of Aboriginal human remains and the processes of formal apologies.


Unit name Indigenous Lifeworlds: Sovereignty, Justice, Society
Unit code HSS113
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Coordinator Mr Duncan Robinson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the concept of Indigenous lifeworlds to generate understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political realities of Palawa/Aboriginal life in Lutruwita/Tasmania.
  • Describe the ways in which the criticality of the relationship to Country is expressed and practiced within Indigenous Lifeworlds
  • Explain and reflect on how Indigenous Lifeworld differs from non-Indigenous Lifeworlds and how these Lifeworld differences shape relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in Australia.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

XBR113, HUM113


AssessmentOnline interpretive task (20%)|Case Study (40%)|Learnings Portfolio (40%)
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