Introduction to First Nations Perspectives (FEAFN1102)

This course offers an introduction to Indigenous studies at Federation University. The course will provide students with a broad overview of historical (predominantly post-1788) and contemporary issues, stories and ideas within a framework foregrounding First Nations perspectives. Students will critically engage with readings and media representing a range of First Nations perspectives in relation to three key themes: historical and contemporary constructions and representations of `race' and identity; navigating the ongoing impacts of settler colonialism; and contemporary First Nations political realities. The course covers a range of topics, including historical and contemporary constructions of race and processes of racialisation; the diversity and complexity of First Nations cultures and identities; ideologies and institutions of power; First Nations narratives of, and responses and adaptations to, the settler-colonial state; the history of Indigenous innovation, agency, activism and success; principles of social justice, human rights, and domestic and international movements toward self-determination and sovereignty; and shared future directions for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Australia.

Credit points 15
EFTSL 0.125
Contribution band 1
For students entolled in Commonwealth Supported Place CSP), each course falls into one of three bands. The band determines the student contributuon amount (SCA) which is charged for each course. The maximum student contribution amounts are based on a standard, full-time enrolment (120 credit points per year) with courses in the same band.