Subject details

Students will:

- Understand settler-colonialism as a structure in world history;

- Compare models, practices and outcomes of settler-colonialism in different geographical and temporal contexts;

- Develop critical and analytical skills through analysis of primary and secondary sources;

- Develop integrative and creative thinking via formulating questions;

- Effectively communicate in written and oral forms

- Evaluate and reflect on practices of settler-colonialism in the contemporary world.

  • Topics
    • Introduction and Pre-Colonial Societies
    • Settler Colonialism
    • Contact and Collision
    • Frontier War 1
    • Frontier War 2
    • Cultural Accommodation
    • Science
    • Defending Rights in the Inter-War
    • Assimilation 1
    • Assimilation 2
    • Black Power and Consciousness
    • Sovereignty?
    • Indigenous Societies Today

Entry Requirements


There are no prerequisites for this unit. Note: Level 3 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 and 2 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

European colonisation of the globe is one of the most important stories of world history. It defined and shaped colonised and coloniser and left legacies which are still being felt today. This subject charts key aspects of this history in a global comparative frame from the fifteenth century to the present day, looking at Australia, North America, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Using a range of historical sources from archives to documentary, Indigenous biographies and oral histories, as well as a growing body of rich web-based resources it will apply a wide geographical lens to explore issues from contact, resistance and adaptation to the contemporary politics of rights, reparation and reconciliation.

  • Assignment 1 - Active Collaboration (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Reading Blog (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Research Essay (40%)

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 subject.

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