|Faculty or Section :||Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research|
|School or Department :||Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research|
|Student contribution band :||2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 May 2022|
The Western Eurocentric canon contains both overt and covert racist tendencies. This course provides an analysis of historical and contemporary theories that make up the Western canon, alongside theories that sit outside it, in order to examine the often hidden theories that underpin racial hierarchies. It acts as a counter measure to the subtle and hidden ideologies that posit First Nations peoples, critical analyses and theories as secondary or non-existent in the Western canon. Through an analysis of First Nations theorists, and historical thinking around the Aboriginal body and mind, this course will unpack the veracity of earlier racist theories that ignored the wealth of First Nations knowledge and Indigenous research methodology that has been practiced since the beginning of time.
Through an analysis of historical and contemporary theories that make up the western canon running alongside theories that sit outside of western academia students will gain an insight into the often hidden theories that underpin racial hierarchies. The course will go back to the beginnings of western academic and democratic thinking comparing those explicit written early western theories and their outcomes alongside First Nation theories and intelligentsia. Issues of race, power, knowledge and colonialism will be explored through a combined First Nations and western lens. The dynamic relationship of belonging to country, and the community values associated through this longevity of connection and knowing is theorised through story and place.