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

Course code HIST3620
Not available in 2016


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

1. Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australian history;

2. Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the major themes and issues in Australian race relations history;

3. Demonstrate an awareness of the forces shaping our perception of the Australian past with regard to relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and how this history is used in the present, by recognising and critically evaluating the various arguments;


Topics covered are, broadly, encounters between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australian history, including between:

  • Macassans and Aboriginal people in northern Australia;
  • British convicts and Aboriginal people in NSW and Qld;
  • British pastoralists and Aboriginal people;
  • Chinese and Aboriginal people;
  • Afghans and Aboriginal people
  • Japanese and Aboriginal people;
  • missionaries (German, Anglo-Australian) and Aboriginal people;
  • state/federal governments and Aboriginal people;
  • labour movement and Aboriginal people;
  • feminist movement and Aboriginal people.

This course draws upon postcolonial theoretical constructs about cross-cultural colonialist relationships, gender and class, and the representations of such relationships in popular culture; and utilizes a wide range of source material, including artwork and performance, as well as written sources.
Wherever possible, guest lecturers from a variety of backgrounds - 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: Group/tutorial partici-pation and contribution

Contact Hours