IND102 - Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Online
Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Bryan Fricker
Trimester 2: Bryan Fricker
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour weekly lecture per week and 1 x 1-hour interactive online seminar per week


This unit examines Aboriginal Australian storytelling methods across a variety of historical and contemporary mediums: oral storytelling, paintings and artwork, film, television music, dance, literature, and online spaces. Aboriginal people continue to actively re/produce and recite stories that explore our histories in time, the relationship between stories, songlines and Country, the impact of colonisation on storytelling and cultural production, and how stories can act as forms of resistance and celebration.

This unit deconstructs understandings of our stories and storytelling practices as being either ‘historical’ or ‘contemporary’ by investigating how stories are told and retold across spans of times, and through different mediums. It also considers the broader social discourses within which contemporary stories are re/produced, received, and read, and the importance and impact of different mediums in storytelling practices.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Co-construct respectful relationships in a collaborative and culturally responsive manner to virtually analyse and discuss key storytelling practices in Aboriginal songlines

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital Literacy

GLO8: Global Citizenship


Identify and explain the significance of key Aboriginal storytelling practises across spans of time, and how these practices shape and transform the medium through which they are told

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse and discuss how contemporary Aboriginal expressions of stories can resist and subvert Western narratives of colonisation.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically analyse and contextualise contemporary stories celebration, and the significance and impact of these stories within the student's life

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Digital presentation 1000 words
or equivalent
(or 8-10 minutes)
20% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Case study analysis 1500 words 40% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Story telling reflection 1500 words 40% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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