Maps and Dreams: Aboriginal-Colonial Relationships in Australian History Maps and Dreams

Course code HIST3620
Not available in 2017


The focus of this topic is on encounters and interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Key aspects for this discussion are the intersections between gender and class, and such interactions; questions of degrees of agency and power; and an ongoing examination of the tensions between pressures keeping Indigenous and non-Indigenous people separate from each other and those that have brought them together.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of historical relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia.

2. Evaluate information, ideas, and arguments including those of diverse cultural assumptions.

3. Integrate primary and secondary sources into a research paper on cross-cultural Indigenous Australian history.

4. Demonstrate advanced writing and information literacy skills relevant to history.

5. Develop the capacity to work with others in a collegial manner.


Encounters and cross-cultural relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australian history, from the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century. Wherever possible, guest lecturers - both Indigenous and non-Indigenous - will provide students with an insight into the range and diversity of experiences and histories embedded in the colonial encounter.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of HIST or ABOR courses at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Examination: Class

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments (x2)

Participation: Participation and contribution to group learning

Contact Hours