Aboriginal Histories

Subject HIST20061 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 8.5 hours per week: total time commitment 102 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Professor Joy Damousi j.damousi@unimelb.edu.au
Subject Overview:

The histories of Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Pacific are in this subject examined in the context of European colonisation and ongoing contact with European settlers, traders and colonial governments. Spanning the early colonial period to the era of nuclear testing, formal independence and "post" colonialism, the subject focuses on the nature and continuity of colonial power relations. conflict. and resistance or survival. In particular we will consider how Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Pacific have responded to colonial land dispossession and forced relocation and removal from land and families. This will be considered in the context of critically examining historical debates and argument in Australia and the Pacific regarding the history of European settlement and its impacts, indigenous history and society, and the role of these histories in the present.


Students who successfully complete this subject should...

  • a critical awareness of the contemporary significance of the colonial past.
  • a general knowledge of the major events in, and stages of, the European colonisation of Australia, and an understanding of the nature of colonial relations between Indigenous peoples and colonising societies.
  • a general understanding of the comparative colonialisms in the region of various European nations.
Assessment: A 2500 word research essay 65% (due late in the semester), a 1500 word reflective essay 35% (due in the examination period). Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources.
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument.
  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument.
Notes: Formerly available as 131-253/353. Students who have completed 131-253 or 131-353 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Studies
Australian Studies
Australian Studies
Australian Studies Major
History Major

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