Course Title: Indigenous Australia: Art, Policy and Global Markets

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Australia: Art, Policy and Global Markets

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Mark Edgoose

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3540

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 24.2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

 This course invites you to develop a self-aware and reflective relationship to the sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures through your art practice. It will take a studio-based approach to learning and will actively involve you in thinking about, questioning and exploring a range of responses to Indigenous sovereignty through making. The focus on position and relationships with Indigenous sovereignty will be critical in forming not only a personal response to these questions, but also considering the wider implications and structures for your discipline in forming, asking and artistically responding to these questions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is a university-wide student elective that is available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students regardless of their primary course of study. It is one of a suite of Indigenous-themed elective courses, which is designed to embed Australian Indigenous issues into existing programs of study. Elective courses provide you with an understanding of the cultural, historical and contemporary frameworks that have shaped the lives of Indigenous peoples in Australia and globally.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Build awareness of the sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures
  2. Locate and situate yourself in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty through your studio practice.
  3. Critically reflect on and evaluate assumptions, ideas and methods in your studio work in response to your location, situation and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty
  4. Develop self-aware relationships with Indigenous sovereignty through the making of artistic works and/or events.

Overview of Learning Activities

 Workshops/seminars/site visits/visiting lecturers.

Through workshops, demonstrations, site visits, seminars, lectures and group discussions you will engage in a range of learning activities that explore skills, tools and methods for building relationships with Indigenous Art Cultures.

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and seminars on your work. You will also have access to online materials, instructional tutorials, and readings through Canvas and the

Overview of Learning Resources

Canvas is the main learning online learning resource for this course.

To access this, go to myRMIT at: and log in.

Technical Support for Online/Canvas Access

If you have trouble accessing Canvas or downloading materials please contact RMIT Information Technology for help and support (online):

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes. You will be given feedback on all your assessment tasks.


1)  Research Journal 25% LO 1&2

This task comprises self-reflective responses to questions on location and situation.

2)  Development work 25% LO2 & 3

This task comprises a series of experimental works responding to questions on location and situation, and examining and evaluating discipline knowledge in relationship to Indigenous sovereignty.

3) Final presentation/event 50% LO 1 - 4

This task comprises the application of knowledge and learning for current and future practice.

Written feedback will be given on all assessment tasks and teaching staff can answer your questions during class time. The course coordinator is also available to answer your questions.

Equitable Learning Services:

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.