Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will offer students an opportunity to learn and to understand the rich and significant history of the shared political terrain of the Australian continent by focusing particularly on Aboriginal political movements.

All ABOR courses are constructed with the Wollotuka Institute's Cultural Standards Framework.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Increase their knowledge and understanding of the major themes and issues in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander political experiences;

2. Increase their knowledge of the forces that shape our perception of the Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander/Australian past and how history is used in the present;

3. Recognise and critically evaluate the Australian historical arguments they encounter in historical works;

4. Be exposed to some of the major varieties and approaches (methodologies) of historical study and critical analysis with a particular focus on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander framework;

5. Foster an atmosphere of respect for other perspectives including cooperative thinking.


  • The years before the Invasion and the Invasion itself
  • The Protection [Persecution] Board and the 'Second Dispossession"
  • The Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association
  • The Day of Mourning Protest
  • Post World War II and the rise of FCAATSI
  • Fire Talker: The Life and Times of Charlie Perkins/ Freedom Rides
  • The Gurindji Walkoff and the 1967 Referendum
  • Black Power and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
  • The legal battlefield - Mabo, Native Title
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and its demise
  • Reconciliation, the Apology and the Northerrn Territory Intervention

Assumed knowledge

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory course in Australian Aboriginal studies.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Presentation: Tutorial Presentation

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.