Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This Australian Studies course will consider how historians, anthropologists, creative artists, museum curators and the mass media have viewed and presented images of Aboriginal Australia. It places European conceptions about the nature of Australia's indigenous people in historical context and examines how and why they have changed. Students will be required to evaluate a variety of sources including first contact narratives, anthropological and history texts, museum and art exhibits, films, novels and media articles.


Not currently offered.


This course will be divided into a number of modules based on the various media explorers journals, scholarly texts, novels, film, paintings, exhibitions - through which Europeans have represented Australian Aboriginal society. Texts that may be considered include: James Bonwick, Daily Life and Origins of the Tasmanians, A.P. Elkin, The Australian Aborigines, Dianne Bell, Daughters of the Dreaming, the novels of Katherine Susannah Prichard and Xavier Herbert, Peter Sutton, Dreamings, the art of the Port Jackson painter and films such as Jeddah, Tracker and Rabbit Proof Fence.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate program, preferably in the Humanities