- Code HIST2241
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Indigenous Australian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course will explore continuities and resilience among indigenous peoples in the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and in Europe, particularly in relation to the intrusions of colonisation. The survival of these peoples owes much to their agency in maintaining and creating alternative historical narratives, often resisting or negotiating broad concepts of indigeneity. This course explores converging literatures about global Aboriginal and Native histories since colonisation. The course examines the importance of language within historical narratives, assessing the ways in which these narratives generate conditions of survival. The topics covered will include concepts of identity within the process of colonisation and decolonisation, evolving government policies, ideas of sovereignty, treaties and other formal relationships between colonised and colonisers, the forms of post-colonialisms and world-wide movements for redemption, regeneration and reconciliation. Particular attention will be given to the relevant discourses about difference including an examination of the use and sensitivities of various group descriptors such as indigenous, native and aborigine.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Distinguish between key terms in Aboriginal and Native history;
- Compare and explain the significance of key changes in Aboriginal and Native histories using examples;
- Discuss their own research on topics from Aboriginal and Native histories in written and oral forms;
- Identify and discuss the uses of the past (in historiography, the process of colonisation and decolonisation, institutional representations, and media);
- Question familiar patterns of thinking about Aboriginal and Native peoples.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment Item 1: Written Research Report (LO 1,2,3,4 & 5)
Due: Weeks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9.
3000 words (6 X 500 words)
Assessment Item 2: Research Essay (LO 1,2,3,4 & 5)
Due: exam period
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks consisting of 1 X 90 minute lecture per week and 1 X 2 hour seminar per week
b) 88 hours of independent research reading, and writing.
Weekly readings will include primarily secondary sources made available on the course Wattle site. For example the reading for Week 4 will consist of:
- Richard Broome, ‘Radical hope quashed’, in Richard Broome, Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788 (4th ed.), Crows Nest: allen & Unwin, 2009, pp 81-99.
- Glen Coulthard, ’Beyond Recognition: Indigenous Self-Determination as Prefigurative Practice.’ Leanne Simpson (ed.) Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Press, 2008.
- Jonathan Lear, ‘After this nothing happened: A peculiar vulnerability’ in Jonathan Lear, Radical hope: Ethics in the face of cultural devastation, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006, pp 1-52.
- Peter Nabokov, ‘Old stories, new ways: Writing, power and Indian histories’, in Nabokov, A forest in time: American Indian ways of history, Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp 192-217.
- Gregory Smoak, ‘Culture wars, Indianness, and the 1890 Ghost Dance’, Ghost dances and identity: Prophetic religion and American Indian ethnogenesis in the nineteenth century, London: University of California Press, 2006, pp 152-190.
- Richard White, ‘The middle ground’, The middle ground: Indians, empires, and republics in the Great Lakes region, 1650-1815, Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, pp 50-93.
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