The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course encourages the examination of the nature of contact between Aboriginal and European people by analysis of colonisation, relationships and the principles underlying European occupation in Australia. Concepts and themes that exist in the debate around Australian/Aboriginal relations such as assimilation, apology and decimation by disease will be explored.

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

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. An understanding of the social relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians

2. An understanding, analysis and comprehension of the grievances both past and present that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians as it relates to race relations in Australia

3. An understanding of viewpoints and critiques of Reconciliation.

4. An understanding of the foundations of racism and social justice through this historical period

5. A range of academic skills in relation to writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, research and analysis.


Students will explore the principles underlying invasion in Australia and the history of social relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. The course will look at past grievances such as frontier conflict and the Stolen Generations to current issues such as Aboriginality and Reconciliation.

Assumed knowledge

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal Studies course

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Blog and Blog summary report

Essay: Essay

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term