Comparative Indigenous Studies - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Essay - 1500 words (35%) , Report - 2250 words (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will build on their knowledge of impacts of and responses to colonisation by First Nations peoples in North America, Australia and the Pacific region through exploration and analysis of approaches to comparative studies, pre-colonial cultures, colonialism, culture and ideology, diversity of social, economic and political structures, racism, assimilation, resistance, poverty, land rights, sovereignty and treaties and contemporary political movements.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explore the main features of First Nation peoples of North America, Australia and the pacific region
  2. identify and apply appropriate frameworks for undertaking a comparative analysis
  3. critically analyse the different approaches to the colonisation of First Nation peoples
  4. evaluate a range of strategies employed by First Nation peoples in response to various forms of colonisation.
  • Essay — 1500 words (35%)
  • Report — 2250 words (50%)
  • Review — 750 words (15%)

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.

1Indigenous studies (3 topics)
2Australia (5 topics)
3North America (5 topics)
4New Zealand (5 topics)

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

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This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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