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Australian Aboriginal History (6 points)


Leader: Maria Nugent

Caulfield Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will consider relations between indigenous and non-Aboriginal people in Australia since 1770. The main topics will include the legal basis of British sovereignty; the nature of frontier contact; violence and the dispossession of Aborigines; Aboriginal depopulation; Aborigines' responses to colonialism; government policy and practice, from segregation to assimilation; and Aboriginal political movements. The unit will simultaneously examine the political and theoretical dimensions associated with representing the Australian Aboriginal past and, in particular, the relationship between power and knowledge in historical discourses.

Assessment: Document exercise (1500 words): 25% + Essay (2000 words): 40% + Examination (1000 words): 25% + Tutorial participation: 10%

Contact Hours: One 1 hour lecture and 1 tutorial over 9 weeks and two 1 hour lectures and 1 tutorial for 3 weeks

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in History or permission

Prohibitions: HSY3260

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