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    The media's role in colonisation; the representation and stereotyping of minorities, specifically indigenous minorities; and discussion of native/indigenous peoples' portrayals of themselves.

    This paper explores how we know "indigeneity" is constructed, negotiated and challenged by a variety of moving image based media.

    The paper examines the role of media in settler colonisation, as well as the ways in which indigenous peoples from around the world have used media to challenge colonialism and stereotyping.

    About this paper

    Paper title Indigenous Media
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with FIME310 passed in 2007 or 2008.
    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr. Yuki Watanabe

    Paper Structure
    • The role of media in defining indigeneity
    • The relationships of indigeneity and race
    • Media and colonisation
    • Post-colonial theory
    • Theories of Third and Fourth Cinema


    • Weekly discussion contributions 15%
    • In-class concept test 20%
    • Critical media review essay 30%
    • Final take-home writing assignment 35%
    Teaching Arrangements
    • One 2-hour lecture per week.
    • One 1-hour tutorial per week.
    • One 3-hour screening per week.

    Course readings will be available on eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the historical background to indigenous media representations and productions.
    • Discuss major trends in Indigenous-produced media.
    • Analyse media using a variety of critical approaches.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the ideological implications of media representations of indigeneity.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Film Screening

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 17:00-18:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15-21
    A2 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-21
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