School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Australian Indigenous HistoryWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101685.3


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Timothy Rowse

Equivalent Units
101919 - Australian Indigenous History: From first contact to 'dying race

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points

Teaching Periods
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About this Unit
In 2013, this unit replaced by 101919 - Australian Indigenous History: From first contact to 'dying race'. Until 1788, Australia was peopled by those who we now call ‘Aborigines’. Then Europeans arrived and began to spread across the continent, displacing and marginalising the Aborigines. This unit will tell the stories of that transformation, beginning with an account of the ideas and motivations of British authority in the late eighteenth century and concluding at the moment when six British colonies formed a federated nation. Topics to be covered will include: violence, humanitarianism, Christian missions, institutional authority. The course will emphasise and explain regional and temporal differences in the ways that Indigenous and non-Indigenous interacted. Students will study primary sources and learn to understand them in context.

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