• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Film, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Maria Nugent
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course examines the ways in which Indigenous people, in Australia and elsewhere, have assumed the right to tell their own histories of imperialism, colonialism and dispossession through diverse forms of memorialisation, performance, writing, art and other modes of  meaning-making. The creative labour of Indigenous intellectuals, artists, filmmakers, writers, and historians shapes contemporary public culture in Australia and other settler-colonial nations, such as Canada, southern Africa, New Zealand and in the Pacific. This course explores such creative labour, both in the past and in the present. We will examine the ways in which Indigenous people have engaged with and challenged imposed cultural and historical forms and practices in ways that have redefined concepts such as sovereignty, self and other, nation and place, and history and time. Students will gain experience working with archives, images, objects, performance, television, lyrics, film and digital forms of storytelling.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the key theoretical and political debates about history and memory within colonial, cross-cultural and post-colonial contexts;
  2. critically interpret a range of memorial and historical sources, and their uses within the telling of Indigenous history;
  3. apply new and expanded understandings of historical practice and the uses of the past to their own research projects; and
  4. construct an evidence-based historical argument in a form suitable to its purpose and target audience.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Historiographical review, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4 (20) [LO null]
  2. Source analysis, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1-4 (20) [LO null]
  3. Research essay, 2500 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1-4 (50) [LO null]
  4. Seminar participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 4 (10) [LO null]
  5. (null) [LO null]
  6. (null) [LO null]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of seminar and seminar-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level History (HIST) courses, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent (eds), Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds (Manchester University Press, 2016)
Luise White, Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa (California University Press, 2000)
Miranda Johnson, The Land is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincialising Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton University Press, 2000)



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
9813 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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