• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, Indigenous Australian Studies, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course examines the ways in which Australia's colonial history, and particularly the treatment of Aboriginal people during the colonial period, has been interpreted, represented, remembered, forgotten, and debated over the last half century. Through examining a series of 'sites of memory', including museums, schools and courtrooms, the course interrogates the uses of the past in relation to questions of national identity, post-colonialism and historical reparation and justice. In addition, the course involves critically exploring approaches to producing telling Aboriginal history in public contexts and forms, such as memorials, television and radio, and performance, and includes opportunities for students to develop their own research projects.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the public politics and practices of remembering and forgetting Australia's Aboriginal history;
  2. analyse key concepts in the study of Aboriginal history and memory;
  3. critically analyse the representation of the past in a variety of different media;
  4. undertake a research project analysing the issues involved in a public controversy over Aboriginal history and the efficacy of professional historical efforts to address the situation; and 
  5. construct an evidence-based historical argument in a form suitable to its purpose and target audience.

Indicative Assessment

Historiographical review, 2000 words (30%) Learning outcomes 1-5
Research proposal, 500 words (10%) Learning outcomes 1-5
Research essay or project presented in an agreed upon format, 4000 words (40%) Learning outcomes 1-5
Tutorial or online participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 5
Research project/essay presentation, 7 mins (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 5

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

Preliminary Reading

Chris Healy, Forgetting Aborigines (UNSW Press, 2008)
Bain Attwood and Fiona Magowan (eds), Telling Stories: Indigenous history and memory in Australia and New Zealand (Allen & Unwin, 2005)
Maria Nugent, Captain Cook Was Here (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Penelope Edmonds, Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier violence, affective performances, and imaginative refoundings (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)


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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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