Aboriginal People, History and Colonialism - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Essay - 2000 words (40%) , Quizzes - 2000 words or equivalent (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will develop a broad understanding of Australia during the period 1770s to 1880s and the period before the British occupation of the continent. Students will develop understanding of the changing ideologies, social theory and the beginning of change for Aboriginal people in the context of accommodation and resistance, Indigenous unemployment, from segregation to assimilation and the emergence of an Indigenous political voice.

At the completion of this unit students will have an understanding of the:

  1. colonisation of Aboriginal Australia
  2. relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people
  3. effects of legislation relevant to Aboriginal People.
  • Essay — 2000 words (40%)
  • Quizzes — 2000 words or equivalent (40%)
  • Review — 500 words (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Thinking about history
2What do historians do?
3The spread of the frontier
4British occupation of the whole continent
5Changing ideologies, 1770s-1880s
6Legislated inferiority
7Mixed missionary blessings
8Accommodation and resistance
9Indigenous employment
10From segregation to assimilation
11The emergence of an Indigenous political voice
12The beginnings of change
13History and destiny

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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