Indigenous Australia Course: Rights, Issues and Culture

Indigenous Australia Course: Rights, Issues and Culture

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As many before have called for recognition and reconciliation, the eloquent words of Uluru Statement From The Heart stirs one’s soul and conscience:

...We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. ...In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

Uluru Statement From The Heart

Similar words and sentiment were conveyed in the recent article Moment of Truth – History and Australia’s Future, Quarterly Essay, Issue 69, 2018 by Professor Mark McKenna for example:

It is not only the absence of any acknowledgment of the country’s violent foundation [in Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle] that makes the silence palpable, but also 65,000 years of Indigenous occupation. ...More than a century after federation, Australians still struggle to include Indigenous people in our vision of the nation.

Professor Mark McKenna

Learning Aims

In this indigenous Australia course, participants will be encouraged to study, debate and discuss the rights, issues and culture of the Australian Indigenous community. This sociology course will encourage the study of good, factual, reliable sources and reasoned argument and conclusions. Sources will include the written word as well as other expressions of ideas, such as those conveyed through video, music and art.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this indigenous Australia course you will:

  • be able to debate and discuss Australian Indigenous rights, issues and culture.
  • be able to debate and discuss post ‘Uluru Statement of the Heart’ and establishing an advisory body, Indigenous Music, Art, History, Food, Land Rights, Literature and ‘Closing the Gap’ with regard to indigenous education and health.
  • have learnt about the latest views and knowledge about Australian Indigenous rights, issues and culture.

Course Content

In this indigenous Australia course the following topics will be discussed and debated:

Topic one: Indigenous Music

Guest Speaker: Professor Aaron Corn

Topic two: Post Uluru Statement From The Heart Can we have a bipartisan approach?

Guest Speaker: TBC

Topic three: Indigenous Land Rights and Treaties

Guest Speaker: Harry Hobbs, Ph.D. Student of Professors Megan Davis and George Williams

Topic four: Indigenous Food History and Indigenous Art

Guest Speaker: Charmaine O’Brien

Topic five: Closing the Gap

Guest Speaker: Sam Jeffries

Topic six: Indigenous History – Moment of Truth – History and Australia’s Future

Guest Speaker: TBC

Topics and speakers may be subject to change.

Intended Audience

This indigenous Australia course is suitable for anyone who is interested and concerned about ‘Australian Indigenous Rights, Issues and Culture’.

Delivery Style

This indigenous Australia course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, guest speakers and group discussions. It will also be offered via video link to those in international or regional locations. Registered participants may connect to the video link using Zoom (available free) and a reliable internet connection is required. Video connection details will be made available to each participant prior to the course.

Recommended Reading

  1. Referendum Council, Uluru Statement from the Heart, National Constitutional Convention, Uluru, Central Australia, May 2017.
  2. Professor Mark McKenna, Moment of Truth – History and Australia’s Future, Quarterly Essay, Issue 69 (2018), pp. 1-86.
  3. Professor Mark McKenna, Reconciliation and recognition, Big Ideas ABC Radio National, 26 April 2018.
  4. Referendum Council, Final Report of the Referendum Council 30 June 2017.
  5. Professor George Williams, Constitutional convention would offer a way forward on Aboriginal recognition, 19th July 2017.
  6. Alexis Wright, 2018 Stella Prize winner Tracker.
  7. The Stella Prize' About Us.
  8. Alexis Wright, Tracker, Giramondo Publishing.
  9. Professor Aaron Corn, Reflections & voices: exploring the music of Yothu Yindi with Mandawuy Yunupingu, Sydney, Sydney University Press, 2009.
  10. Katelyn Barney (ed.), Collaborative ethnomusicology : new approaches to music research between indigenous and non-indigenous' , Melbourne, VIC: Lyrebird Press, 2014.
  11. Professor Aaron Corn, What writers and publishers must learn from the Deadly Woman Blues fiasco, The Conversation, 9/3/18.
  12. Paul Williams, Gurrumul.

Course Prerequisites

This indigenous Australia course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.


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