• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History

A study of the history of Indigenous Australians since European contact. We consider the ways in which understandings of this history have changed over time, in response both to a changing political climate and the impact of Indigenous perspectives on historical writing. Topics include: first contact; processes of invasion, dispossession, and settlement; labour and gender relations; changes to government policy; and the struggle for Indigenous rights. There will be special attention to the dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through various cultural forms such as writing, visual arts and film, and through public protest and political action.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. understand the history of Indigenous Australian experience since colonisation
  2. identify and explain key changes in Indigenous Australian history using examples
  3. discuss how the past impacts on current debates on Indigenous issues (e.g. assimilation policies, invasion and dispossession, native title, stolen generations, treaty, sovereignty, genocide, etc.)
  4. develop a critical stance on varying and conflicting uses of the past (in both historiography and popular media)

Indicative Assessment

  1. Critical Review, 1000 words: 20% [assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, & 4].
  2. Document Analysis, 1500 words: 25% [assess Learning Outcomes 1, 4, & 5].
  3. Research Essay, 3500 words: 55% [assess Learning Outcomes 1, 4, & 5].

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130 hours over the semester, including one weekly lecture of 2 hours (during 13 weeks) and one weekly tutorial of one hour (over 12 weeks).

Prescribed Texts

Weekly e-readings.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3647 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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