INDG11013 - First Nation and Non-Indigenous History: The Interface

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In a broad introductory history this unit examines the invasion and colonisation of First Nations Australians and the role of non-Indigenous Australians in this process. This history is recognised as an important part of Australia's national history. The unit begins by an investigation into the power of the coloniser to define what is silenced in national history and the national identity and the impact of the foundational historiography in shaping views of the ‘settlement of Australia’. The unit provides key knowledge on terra nullius; First Nations resistance to colonisation; racism; Stolen Generations; and the formative and ongoing development of First Nations political resistance and advocacy, including the 1967 Referendum and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The unit enables a deep critical and ethical understanding of the impact of the past and its endurances into the present while fostering capacities to consider a more equitable national future enabling citizens and future professionals .


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 76.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.52% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE
Feedback was received that some lectures and tutorials were difficult to engage with.
Review lectures and tutorials to facilitate further engagement if possible.
Action Taken
It is understood that engagement with unit content can be difficult due to the nature of First Nations history. Students will be further encouraged to participate in discussions.
Source: SUTE
Feedback was received questioning whether the unit was relevant for their chosen career path.
Students from all disciplines will encounter First Nations clients. To work effectively with First Nations clients, students will need to have a knowledge of history in order to understand the backgrounds and experiences of their clients, and to provide cultural safety. The rationale for studying this unit will be made clear to all students throughout term.
Action Taken
Further explanation offered to students re the relevance of this unit.
Source: SUTE
Provide more power point presentations
Review content to include more power point presentations to assist students to meet the unit learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evidence a broad knowledge of First Nations history and its interface with non-Indigenous history
  2. Critically reflect on First Nations history and the ethics of the silencing of truth
  3. Discuss and critically reflect on First Nations history in the context of settler colonialism and national identity
  4. Explain and reflect on the ethical implications of the past for the present and future.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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