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Indigenous Cultures and Digital Contexts (11122.1)

Level: Intermediate Unit Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (192129) - View

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This unit introduces students to key theoretical and practical issues relating to the documentation, storage, dissemination and use of Indigenous cultural material in an online world. Students will critically examine a range of sites, tools and technologies to understand both the limits and assumptions of non-indigenous knowledge management practices, and new possibilities for Indigenous access and control. Through practical projects students will learn how digital technologies can reveal bias and absence within the cultural record, and provide platforms for new collaborative projects.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Clearly articulate issues relating to the documentation, management, and use of Indigenous knowledge and culture in an online environment;

2. Reflect on the connections between non-indigenous knowledge management practices and Indigenous understandings of access and control;

3. Apply digital tools and technologies to analyse cultural collections; and

4. Evaluate ways in which digital platforms can be used by Indigenous communities to document and empower their culture.

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Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour tutorial per week.





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