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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|Doctor Rebe Taylor
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 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 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
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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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 of the weeks are filmed virtual tours of Country presented by Palawa Elders and Knowledge Holders from across Tasmania.

3 x 1 hour web conferences responding to discussion posts on the Unit’s themes (history, story, Country).

3 x 1 hour drop-in web-conferences to discuss the assessment tasks.

Week 13 On-Country bus excursion experience near Hobart.

AssessmentLearnings Portfolio (40%)|Reflection on Welcome to Country (20%)|Textual Analysis (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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