School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Aboriginal Cultural TextsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101409.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
G2004 - Aboriginal Cultural Texts

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

About this Unit
Representations of Indigenous Australians are to be found within a broad range of texts produced by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The texts give us access to the shifting conceptualisations about both the nature of Aboriginality, and the relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Examination and comparison of dominant as well as self-representations of Indigenous Australians in a variety of texts and films will enable students to deconstruct the cultural processes through which their own identities are produced. Texts and their readings; textual deconstruction; Saussure's basic semiotic analysis; signification and the production of cultural meaning; Barthes' myth and second level significations; function of the metaphor; genre and intertextuality; narrative form the 'realism' effect; grand narratives and ideology; narrator function and audience positioning.


SM1003.1Cultural and Social AnalysisCONTINUING

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