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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Using a postcolonial approach to the study of identity and culture, students explore the social, cultural and political formation of borders and borderlands. Through an investigation of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and class, various cultural texts are analysed. Students engage self reflexively with contemporary theories of multiculture, belonging, everyday life and dislocation.

Unit content

1. Introduction

2. The borders of belonging

3. Bounding the nation

4. Boundaries of culture

5. Traversing boundaries

6. Borderlands on screen

7. Displaying cultures: museums

8. Into the field

9. Performing cultures: festivals and cultural tourism

10. History and memorialisation

11. Knowing the 'Other'

12. Review

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of contemporary postcolonial theory concerned with borders and borderlands
2 self reflexively consider the implications of postcolonial theory in relation to questions of belonging, identity, multiculture and dislocation
3 articulate the intersection of historical, political and cultural practices involved in the production of meaning and everyday life
4 critically investigate how issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and class intersect and interact
5 apply relevant contemporary cultural theory to the analysis of a cultural text or context
6 utilise aspects of postcolonial theory in an experientially based project.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of contemporary postcolonial theory concerned with borders and borderlands
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  2. self reflexively consider the implications of postcolonial theory in relation to questions of belonging, identity, multiculture and dislocation
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. articulate the intersection of historical, political and cultural practices involved in the production of meaning and everyday life
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
  4. critically investigate how issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and class intersect and interact
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  5. apply relevant contemporary cultural theory to the analysis of a cultural text or context
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  6. utilise aspects of postcolonial theory in an experientially based project.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6: