• Class Number 4114
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Timothy Rowse
    • Prof Timothy Rowse
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
    • Eleanor Foster
SELT Survey Results

Majority perceptions of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders matter in the Australian democracy. This course explores the ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people draw on a range of personal, social and cultural resources to compensate for adversities brought about by colonisation.  

Studying the archival and oral history of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders since European contact, this course explores agency, successes and joys as well as the ways that people live with the challenges and traumas of history. The course prompts reflection on the ways in which histories are created and mobilised in communities and encourages deep engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explore and reflect on key events in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and use what is learned to generate and build on ideas;
  2. reflect on perceptions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences since colonisation;
  3. adapt to unfamiliar learning environments;
  4. relate learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history to aspects of personal and professional lives as a way to develop an awareness of self and care for others; and
  5. listen to other voices and ask deep and effective questions about familiar patterns of thinking about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Research-Led Teaching

This course arises from 40 years of research and publication in Australian and Indigenous history.

Required Resources

All required readings will be made available on Wattle or as digital resources in the ANU library.


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The geography of Australian colonial history
2 Captain Cook in Indigenous country: encounters and afterlives
3 Christian missionaries as colonial authorities
4 Frontier wars, with particular reference to Tasmania
5 Policies and practices of Aboriginal protection on the mainland
6 Contrasting Aboriginal responses: petitions, the crown and the native mounted police
7 Federation, the 'Aboriginal problem' and protection policies
8 The end of the massacre tradition in remote Australia. Aboriginal protest between the wars. Source analysis, due end of week 8
9 Assimilation, including the 1967 referendum
10 Land rights and Native Title
11 Self determination
12 The politics of constitutional recognition Essay, due Friday 3 June (exam period)

Tutorial Registration

Via Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Source Analysis 20 % 29/04/2022 1,2,3,4,5
Research Essay 70 % 03/06/2022 1,2,3,4,5
Course participation 10 % *

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Source Analysis

Weighting: 20%

Word limit:1000 words.

Due Date: Friday 29 April 2022 (end of week 8).

Return Date: Approximately three weeks after submission

Outcomes: This assessment addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Details of task: Students will be asked to provide an analysis of a primary source as a piece of historical evidence. Further guidance on the task and the assessment criteria will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 03/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Essay

Weighting: 70%

Due date: Friday June 3, 11.59pm.

Length: 5000 words.

Essay return: After course results have been released

Description of Task: Write an essay from a list of provided question, or develop your own in consultation with the convenor. Please do not attempt to address an essay question unless Professor Rowse has approved it.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Course participation

Weighting: 10%

Due date: Ongoing

Details of Task: Students are expected to keep up with course content by listening to lectures, completing readings, and participating in informed discussion with each other during tutorials and on Wattle as appropriate.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assessment grade and feedback will be returned via ANU email address.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission are not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Timothy Rowse

Research Interests

Australian history with particular focus on colonial history.

Prof Timothy Rowse

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Prof Timothy Rowse

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Eleanor Foster

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