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Indigenous Lifeworlds: Story, History, Country HUM113



This unit uses the theoretical concept of ‘Lifeworlds’ (lived social, cultural, political and economic realities) to frame an exploration of the Lifeworlds of palawa People in lutruwita/Tasmania, inclusive a small comparative component relating to Noongar and Navajo Peoples. The Lifeworld approach recognises our lived realm as shaped by understandings that are held in common.

For Indigenous peoples, Lifeworld assumptions are derived from distinctive cultural traditions, cultural identity, belief and values systems, inclusive of Indigenous ways of being as well as the lived reality of being colonised minorities within their own traditional lands. Students gain knowledge through engagement with socially and culturally informed palawa perspectives, scholarship and the knowledge of Elders.

A central aspect of the unit is the virtual tours of country for students in lutruwita/Tasmania. Each virtual tour is led by an Elder or cultural advisor. Across all its content, the unit prioritises cross-disciplinary Indigenous scholarship and perspectives in its theoretical and empirical development.

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 outside Tasmania and Australia.  Undertaking this unit will prepare students for working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in their future professional lives.


Unit name Indigenous Lifeworlds: Story, History, Country
Unit code HUM113
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English|Global Cultures and Languages|History and Classics|Philosophy and Gender Studies

Professor Maggie Walter

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the concept of Indigenous Lifeworlds to generate understanding of Palawa history, story, and Country. Compare the similarities and differences of the Palawa lifeworld with that of other distinctive Indigenous peoples.
  2. Illustrate the criticality of the relationship to Country and how this is expressed and practiced within the Indigenous Lifeworld in Tasmania and elsewhere.
  3. 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 Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090311 $1,812.0 $850.0 not applicable $1,812.5

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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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