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|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Politics and International Relations|
Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- 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.
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Task 1: Learnings portfolio (40%)
Task 2: Online interpretive task, 500 words (20%)
Task 3: Case study, 1500 words (40%)
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