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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 Noongar (WA) and Navajo (US) Peoples to demonstrate the shared historic, socio-cultural lifeworld as well as lifeworld distinctiveness. Country is integral to Palawa 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 Elders and Knowledge Holders offers students a personal learning engagement with Aboriginal people and culture. Equipping students with a greater understanding of the 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 sovereignty, justice, and society the unit relates these through the perspective of Indigenous scholarship and Palawa 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. Palawa 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 Palawa 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 Doctor Emily Hansen
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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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 life in Tasmania by comparing the similarities and differences of the Palawa lifeworld with that of other distinctive Indigenous peoples
  • Describe the ways in which the criticality of the relationship to Country is expressed and practiced within the Indigenous Lifeworld in Tasmania and elsewhere
  • Explain and reflect how the Indigenous Lifeworld differs from the non-Indigenous Lifeworlds and how Lifeworld differences impact on relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in Tasmania and Australia.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090311 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $1,828.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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

XBR113, HUM113


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