Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the histories that Aboriginal Australians made following British colonization. It offers students an overview of the long colonial relationship between Australian settlers and Aboriginal peoples, from violence and friendship on rural and urban frontiers, to museums, missions and contemporary unease over the meaning of 'Aboriginality' in Australian national identity. Subject material introduces students to the independent interactions of Aboriginal peoples across the South, as well as the controversial concepts of 'discovery' and 'first contact'. Students will trace the increasingly international reach of Aboriginal agency, resistance and political activism from the 1840s onwards.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJennifer Jones

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second-year History and/or Art History


Incompatible subjects HIS2AAH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJennifer Jones

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
1 x 2500 word self-directed individual research essay [abstracts/ annotated bibliography MANDATORY]50
one 10 minute team power point presentationEquivalent to 200 words of assessment20
one 1250 word EBL research essay illuminating one aspect of the shared power point25
one 2 minute oral presentation as part of a 10 minute team power point presentationequivalent to 50 words of assessment5