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Unit description

Introduces students to the history, methods and impact of colonisation. Students will explore racism, social disregard, government control, denial and cultural oppression as continuing factors that impact on Indigenous peoples. The political, cultural and social resistance of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous peoples to colonisation throughout this history will also be discussed.

Unit content

Topic 1: Colonial Myths

  • The Antipodeans
  • Terra Nullius

Topic 2: Settlement/invasion

  • Omission
  • A special warfare

Topic 3: The Aborigine’s Friend

  • Protection Policies
  • Institutional Slavery

Topic 4: Protest and Rights

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advancement
  • Politics and Power

Topic 5: History Wars

  • Media Battles
  • Power over Politics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Annotated bibliography40%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Annotated bibliography40%

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Fee information


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