Course Profiles, The University of Queensland
One of the most important themes in the course is the diversity of Indigenous societies in Australia, and case examples in lectures are used from many different areas of the Australian continent and islands; taking in remote “outback” social realities and histories as well as urban life and politics. Considered are Aboriginal peoples’ relationships to land, the process of colonisation in Australian society, the role of anthropologists in Aboriginal communities, as well as the work of anthropologists in understanding Indigenous relationships with non-Indigenous Australians. Themes such as kinship, cosmology, material culture, health and gender will be discussed, in addition to concerns such as land rights, effects of government policy, and identity politics. Generic and research skills gained in the course are transferable to social scientific studies of comparable colonial (or ‘post-colonial’) societies internationally.