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Indigenous Lifeworlds: Story, History, Country HUM113


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. 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. The journey into an Indigenous lifeworld in this unit focuses on Palawa story, history, and Country. Students will explore the history of lutruwita/Tasmania through Palawa perspectives, knowledges and worldviews from deep history to the present. The Palawa story is told in this unit by Indigenous voices in literature, art, and/or film. Country is integral to Palawa knowledge and wellbeing, and an exploration of Country offers students a personal learning engagement with Aboriginal people and culture.


Unit name Indigenous Lifeworlds: Story, History, Country
Unit code HUM113
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English|Global Cultures and Languages|History and Classics|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Emily Direen
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the concept of Indigenous lifeworlds to generate an understanding of Palawa history, story, and Country. Compare the similarities and differences of the Palawa lifeworld with that of other distinctive Indigenous peoples
  • Illustrate the criticality of the relationship to Country and how this is expressed and practiced within the Indigenous lifeworld in lutruwita/Tasmania and elsewhere
  • Explain and reflect how Indigenous lifeworlds differ from non-Indigenous lifeworlds and how lifeworld differences impact on relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in lutruwita/Tasmania and 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, HSS113


Teaching Pattern

Week 1 Welcome to Country lecture on-campus in Hobart (also available online).

Weekly learning activities (approximately 2 hours) consisting of readings, audio/visual resources and online discussion posts. Almost half the weeks are filmed virtual tours of Country presented by Palawa Elders and Knowledge Holders from across Tasmania.

 7 x 1.5 hour tutorials held fortnightly on campus in Hobart and online via Zoom.

1 x 1 hour drop-in web-conferences to discuss Assessment Task 3 (Learnings Portfolio)

1 x 2 hour drop-in yarning session at Riawunna in Hobart and Launceston.

Week 13 On-Country experience near Hobart.

AssessmentTutorial/online discussions (10%)|Reflection on Welcome to Country (15%)|Textual Analysis (35%)|Learnings Portfolio (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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