To see through the eyes of another' — The Third Space — an Alternative view of Australian Studies

Hart, Victor G. & Moore, Keith (2005) To see through the eyes of another' — The Third Space — an Alternative view of Australian Studies. In Bailey, C. & Barnett, K. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, 27 October 2006, QUT, Carseldine, Qld.

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This paper reflects upon the inclusion of Indigenous content, both overtly and incidentally, in several Australian studies units offered by the School of Humanities and Human Services at QUT in 2005. With much of the impetus behind this action arising from a teaching and learning large grant project to ‘embed’ Indigenous perspectives in the Humanities and Human Services curricula, the teaching approaches required students to think about their own identity and their understandings of society. In particular, the content requirements and objectives of the Australian studies units under investigation encouraged students to explore, critically analyse and question their views on culture, society and ethnicity in relation to Indigenous perspectives. The content particularly confronted racism and intolerance in relation to Indigenous/non-Indigenous contact, with the lecturers’ approach to teaching Indigenous issues within ‘conventional’ Australian studies units utilising the concept of ‘the third space’. The evaluation of two Australian Studies units, ‘Brisbane in the Twentieth Century’ and ‘Conspiracy and Dissent in Australian History’, is focused upon in this paper. At the end of the first semester, the lecturers used examination questions to obtain feedback about Indigenous content in the former unit. The results were uniformly praiseworthy but appeared to lack sincerity in some cases — especially as the lecturers knew via the students’ comments in tutorials that some resented the enthusiastic inclusion of Indigenous issues. The following semester the lecturers obtained feedback on their embrace of Indigenous content in ‘Conspiracy and Dissent in Australian History’ via a questionnaire and the results exposed this circumstance. In this paper, the authors also question the morality of promoting particular views on Indigenous issues to students.

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ID Code: 9826
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Keywords, Indigenous, Australian studies, Humanities, QUT, curriculum, racism, HERN
ISBN: 1741071089
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Victor G. Hart and Keith Moore
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:56

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