Charles Sturt University
IKC101 - Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
Assessment item 2 - Media Critique
Length: 800 words
Submission method options: EASTS (online)
• Institutionalised ideas and taken-for-granted assumptions of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
• Constructions of Indigenous Australians in popular and other media.
Over module one you have reflected on your knowledge and understanding about yourself in relation to the construction of ideas about collective Australian culture, including of Indigenous Australians. In this task you will critique two examples from the Media to investigate how ideas about Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are reproduced and reinforced institutionally.
You will choose two articles to analyse.
Article 1: 'Justice system isn't just': Campaigners not surprised by new youth justice report (https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2020/01/24/justice-system-isnt-just-campaigners-not-surprised-new-youth-justice-report)
Article 2: Indigenous groups tell Scott Morrison of 'deep sorrow' at bushfire devastation (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/23/indigenous-groups-tell-scott- morrison-of-deep-sorrow-at-bushfire-devastation)
Article 3: Why I’m looking forward to celebrating Australia Day (https://www.news.com.au/ national/why-im-looking-forward-to-celebrating-australia-day/news story/ a44510229b57ef68c085aa5cdb3ded23)
You must provide a separate critique of 400 words for each article but they should be submitted together as one word document. Use the following guide questions to assist you to focus each critique but do not respond to each question individually. You must provide a synthesised response which considers your own pre-existing knowledge and cultural competence.
1. Thinking about your knowledge of Australian history, does the author provide all the information required to understand the issue being discussed? What information is missing?
2. Is there a presumption that readers already hold views about Indigenous peoples? What are the taken-for-granted assumptions?
3. What would a reader infer about the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on the text of the article? How are Indigenous and non-Indigenous people positioned in the article?
4. Is there an Indigenous viewpoint included in the article? If yes, how does the author use Indigenous perspectives to support or contradict the main message? If no, how could this influence a readers' perception of Indigenous people and of the main message in the article?
5. How might Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers interpret the ideas expressed? This task does not require you to express your opinion on the points made in the articles.
You must critique the article to identify the main ideas that are evident and then analyse the sub-text - ‘reading-between-the lines’ – to investigate the impact of the message in reinforcing ideas about Australian culture and Indigenous peoples and issues.
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
• be able to investigate, compare and reflect on standpoint to explain Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' historical positioning.
• be able to describe, analyse and theorise individual and collective standpoint in relation to Indigenous peoples' experiences of Australian history.
This task extends on Task 1 to work toward meeting the following IKC101 Learning Outcomes:
LO1: Be able to investigate, compare and reflect on standpoint to explain Indigenous and nonIndigenous peoples’ historical positioning;
LO2: Be able to describe, analyse, and theorise individual and collective standpoint in relation to Indigenous peoples' experience of Australian history.
In Task 1 you focussed on the reflection of your own knowledge and the influences on how you came to know things about Indigenous Australians. If you are Indigenous, or have connections with an Indigenous community or group, you will have access to more social knowledge than those who are not Indigenous or do not have such associations.
Task 2 requires you to apply your self-reflection to the critique of two media articles. If you lack knowledge about a topic or issue institutions like the media may more easily persuade you to adopt a particular perspective. There is also knowledge that we take-for-granted because powerful institutions like schools, churches, government, the media (and social media) reinforce them.
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