Colonising Australia's First Peoples
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Analyse primary sources and locate them in an historical context.
- Communicate original research via written and spoken forms.
- Develop cultural and ethical sensitivity towards historical and racial issues as a global citizen.
- Create a properly referenced piece of writing using primary and secondary sources to frame an argument about the history of colonisation.
- • Invasion, frontier violence, 'protection' and assimilation policies.
- • Indigenous participation in sport and war.
- • Ethical history making and the colonial archive.
- • Decolonising through art, life writing, music and culture.
- • Resistance, activism, land rights, reconciliation and the Apology.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed HIS2AAH (Aboriginal Australian History: The Colonial World) are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects.
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This subject explores the history of the colonisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, with a focus on Melbourne and Victoria, from 1770 to the present day. You will be asked to critically consider the actions of the invaders and reflect on how the lives of First Nations peoples were impacted by invasion. Case studies include frontier wars, missions, the Stolen Generations, exemption policies, war service, sport, interwar activism, land rights and reconciliation. You will explore theoretical frameworks and specific examples to help understand how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have resisted the forces of colonisation. The subject will also ask students to reflect on their own relationship to histories of colonisation, and to think about how the history of the colonisation of Australia has been remembered and forgotten. You will also examine the relationship between the discipline of history and colonialism, including the problems created when knowledge is constructed using the colonial archive.
- Primary source analysis (750 word equivalent). (15%)
- Research essay (2000 word equivalent). (50%)
- Reflective essay (1500 word equivalent). (35%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.