The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The experiences of Indigenous Australians since colonisation are among the most searing, contested and engaging themes in the Australian past. This course considers the causes and effects of encounters and interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people through histories of violence and dispossession, love and intimacy, and law and culture. Some tensions and pressures keep Indigenous and non-Indigenous people separate from each other and some other circumstances bring them together. This shared history is viewed through intersections between gender and class, questions of degrees of agency and power in these interactions, and differing perspectives on the natural environment.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3620. Students who have successfully completed HIST3620 are not eligible to enrol in HIST3621.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise key themes in historical relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia.

2. Evaluate information, ideas, and arguments containing diverse cultural assumptions.

3. Analyse relevant primary and secondary sources on cross-cultural Indigenous Australian history.

4. Communicate ideas at an advanced level, including in digital formats relevant to history.


Encounters and cross-cultural relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australian history, from first contact to the Uluru Statement. 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. This course may include field trips.


Students who have successfully completed HIST3620 are not eligible to enrol in HIST3621.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of HIST or ABOR courses at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Workshop Notes Exercise (20%)

Presentation: Primary Source Interpretation (15%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Research essay with online exhibition option (50%)

Quiz: In class test (15%)