The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

Course handbook


This course assists in the development of a comprehensive knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories through Australia's development. The course content covers the early years of the interactions between the British and Aborigines through to the Federation of Australia and its aftermath, but is taught from an Aboriginal studies lens.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Be introduced to introductory level information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their historical relations with non-Indigenous Australians.

2. Be aware of the range of ideas about treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

3. Have practised researching unfamiliar topics using a range of research tools.

4. Be familiar with and have practised the skills required for effective examination performance.


Students will use experiential-based learning to examine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, examining issues such as invasion, cultural heritage, family structures and changing lifestyles.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Students own learning task

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Individual presentation

Formal Examination: Final examination