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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to the history and impact of European invasion, dispossession, colonisation, racism, government control and cultural oppression of Indigenous peoples. Students will also explore the political resistance of Aboriginal peoples to that construction of history.

Unit content

Language, diversity and terminology
Understanding cultural differences
Historiography and oral traditions - national and international perspectives
Invasion, conquest, resistance and settlement
Impact of government policies
Intergenerational impacts
Indigenous Rights - national and international perspectives

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 assess the impact of over 200 years of invasion and colonisation on Indigenous peoples and cultures Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 discuss the ways Indigenous people responded to European invasion Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 analyse and evaluate the various changing views of non-Indigenous society and government policies applied to Indigenous people Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 evaluate how Indigenous people have been represented in Australian history Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
5 critically reflect on how history has shaped the position of contemporary Indigenous societies. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. assess the impact of over 200 years of invasion and colonisation on Indigenous peoples and cultures
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. discuss the ways Indigenous people responded to European invasion
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. analyse and evaluate the various changing views of non-Indigenous society and government policies applied to Indigenous people
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. evaluate how Indigenous people have been represented in Australian history
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. critically reflect on how history has shaped the position of contemporary Indigenous societies.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Reynolds, H, 2006, The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney. ISBN: 0-86840-892-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.