Contact Zones in Colonial History

Course code HIST2025Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course focuses on the encounters and interactions between peoples and individuals usually considered on opposite sides of colonial and imperial frontiers. We investigate a series of historical examples of cross-cultural exchanges in a range of colonial/imperial settings such as Australia, North America, Africa and Asia, applying the concept of 'contact zones' to their analysis.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course seeks to provide an indepth historical exploration of cross-cultural colonial relationships and will extend the students' critical understanding of colonial studies historiography, conveying the ways in which such scholarship can produce exciting, innovative and relevant history. On completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the concept of 'contact zones' and an ability to use the concept effectively to critically read and assess historical accounts of conquest, colonisation and empire;
2. a capacity to reflect on colonial/imperial cross-cultural histories and to engage in historical debates in class discussions and in written assignments;
3. an awareness and critical understanding of the gendered nature of contact zones;
4. an understanding and knowledge of cross-cultural relationships in a range of historical contexts, enabling a transnational and comparative understanding of such relationships.
ContentThrough a diverse range of historical case studies from colonial/imperial histories in Australia, Africa, North America, and Asia, students will consider thematic issues which may include: agency, power, resistance and accommodation; gender, including masculinity, domesticity, interracial intimacies, and child-rearing; local/metropole relationships, and transcolonial connections; and popular/literary representations of cross-cultural relationships.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3025
TransitionStudents who completed HIST3025, HUMA3057 and/or HIST3057 are not eligible to take this course (HIST3057 replaced HUMA3057).
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10 units of History at 1000 level plus 10 additional units in history, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, Aboriginal studies, English or politics
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassIn class test 15%
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignments and exercises, totalling 3000-4000 words, 85%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term