• Class Number 6621
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Maria Nugent
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course compares and contrasts global colonial encounters across space and time. It will spend some time discussing the Australian experience and the impact of European colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It will also place those experiences within a comparative framework and study other colonial encounters from around the world. More generally, issues to do with the nature and experiences of colonialism, the impact of European expansion, ideas about race, identity and decolonisation will be considered. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate in-depth understanding of the nature of encounters between Aborigines and native peoples and colonisers;
  2. compare and contrast the experiences of colonialism across space and time; and
  3. undertake research using primary and secondary sources and produce assessment pieces demonstrating a grasp of historical examination.

Required Resources

You will require internet access.

There are 4 required readings (see the summary of modules above for a list of the

required books)

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction Lecture Make an appointment to meet with course convener (Wks 1-2)
2 Module 1 Lecture
3 Course Meeting 1 Module 1: ‘The New World’ Assessment: 600 word Research Journal for Module 1 due in Course Meeting 1.
4 Module 2 Lecture
5 Course Meeting 2 Module 2: ‘Manifest Destiny’Assessment: 600 word Research Journal for Module 2 due in Course Meeting 2.
6 Module 3 Lecture
7 Course Meeting 3 Module 3: ‘Wretchedness’Assessment: 600 word Research Journal for Module 3 due in Course Meeting 3.
8 Module 4 Lecture
9 Course Meeting 4 Module 4: ‘Decolonisation’Assessment: 600 word Research Journal for Module 4 due in Course Meeting 4.
10 Essay Writing Lecture
11 Course meeting 5 Students working on essay
12 Students working on EssayEssay due: 5pm Friday 27 October, 2023

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Research Journal 30 % 2,3
Online Forum Posts 10 % 2,3
Research Essay 60 % 1

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


You are required to:

* Attend 5 course meetings (Wks 3, 5, 7, 10 & 12).

* Submit 1 research journal in 4 parts via online forums (Wks 3, 5, 7 & 10).

* Submit 1 research essay.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Research Journal

Word limit: 2400 words

Value: 30%

Details of task: “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what it I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.” - Joan Didion. This task should be considered pre-writing (research and analysis) for the Research essay (Assessment 3). This Research journal has 2 parts which are to be completed for each of the 4 course modules. For each module you will:

1. Write a 300 word annotated timeline for each of the periods covered in the 4 course modules. The timeline will be a visual representation of events, people, places, ideas etc. that help better understand the process of colonisation. For the time period covered in each module, make a list of at least 4 dates, places, events, people etc that are most vital to understanding encounters between colonisers and native groups. Briefly annotate each entry using no more than 3 sentences. The annotation should include what happened, who was involved, statistics related to the event, the impact and significance of the event. Add details that help tell the overall narrative of the timeline. Cite at least 4 academic sources (citations are not included in the word count).

2. Write a 300 word response to the required text for each module. In this task you will read the required text for each module and respond to the author’s main ideas. You should restate the author’s main ideas in your own words. You should include your own reactions to the book and compare the authors’ ways of seeing the encounters between colonisers and native peoples to the way you see them. In doing this, you should consider the context in which the book was written. For example, asking questions about what might have prompted the author to write the book and what they hoped to achieve in writing it. You might also make judgements about the book and give the evidence that leads you to that judgement. You might relate to the book through your own experience, refute it, get annoyed with it, question it, believe it, doubt it and think beyond it.

Note: I recommend you read and re-read Susan Horton’s 1982 chapter ‘Writing about readings’ before reading each text (Chapter available on course Wattle site).

Assessment Criteria

The annotated timeline will be graded according to how accurate your summary of events is, how many connections you make between events and places to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature of colonial encounters. This should include comparing the experiences of colonization and settler-native interaction across space and time.

Your review of the required texts will be graded according to how well you use primary and secondary sources to demonstrate a grasp of historical analysis and argument. It will also be graded according to the quality of the connections you make between events and places to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature of native encounters with colonisers.

Please note: The various components of assessment described above do not have equal weight. Calculating your grade is not a matter of ticking off each section as addressed. Students may be able to compensate for defects in one area by high performance in another.

Estimated return date: Approximately 1 week after submission for each module.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Online Forum Posts

Word limit: 800 words

Value: 10%

Details of task: This task should also be considered pre-writing (research and analysis) for the Research essay (Assessment 3). Group discussion is one of the best ways to develop understanding and create meaning. You will share and discuss your research, and the research process, as a group. For each module you will read and respond to at least 2 forum posts from other students. You should aim for at least 100 words for each response. There will be opportunities to further share and discuss your research during the course meetings.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Research Essay

Word limit: 4000 words

Value: 60%

Details of task: Your task is to write an essay about the nature of colonial encounters. Keep in mind E. L Doctorow’s advice that, “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

Assessment Criteria

Your essay will be graded using the course learning outcomes and the following criteria.

How well you adhere to the essay form, including clearly distinguishing the type of essay by its nature and purpose (see Horton 1982, Chapter 2). How well it engages the reader, including the use of images and examples to illustrate points. The range of thinking and reading, use of evidence to support arguments, whether your use of ideas, materials and concepts are imaginative or derivative as well as the overall quality. You will also be graded on how well you incorporate primary sources into your thinking and writing.

Please note: The various components of assessment described above do not have equal weight. Calculating your grade is not a matter of ticking off each section as addressed. Students may be able to compensate for defects in one area by high performance in another.

Estimated return date: Approximately 4 weeks after submission.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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 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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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.

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).

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