Segregation and Resistance: Aboriginal People and Government - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Critique - 750 words (15%) , Essay - 2250 words (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Using primary historical materials (including government archives), students will immerse themselves in the history of relations between Aboriginal people, government and wider society in the 20th century. They will develop their capacity for analysis and critical thinking as they consider past government policies, practices and legislation directed at Aboriginal people; the differential treatment of Aboriginal people and communities according to geography; racism in Australian society; Aboriginal resistance, protest and strikes; the Stolen Generations; and the contradictions inherent in the policies of protectionism, assimilation and segregation.

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

  1. critique government policies, practices and legislation directed at Aboriginal people
  2. analyse Aboriginal and white responses to government policies, practices and legislation
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, cultural and economic circumstances Aboriginal people faced from 1900 to 1962
  4. critique and apply a range of primary historical materials.
  • Critique — 750 words (15%)
  • Essay — 2250 words (50%)
  • Presentation — 1500 words (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

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

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

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

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the

    By:Russell McGregor

    ISBN: 9780855757793


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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