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Subject details

  • Topics
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - 750 words (15%)
  • Assignment 2 - 2250 words (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - 1500 words (35%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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