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INDG11013 - Introductory Aboriginal & Islander History

General Information

Unit Synopsis

As you study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history you engage with contemporary theory of settler colonialism and use the critical lens of cultural interface. You engage with key conceptual issues in understanding how history is written (historiography) and how perspective (nationalism and colonialism) shaped so-called Australian history and silenced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories. You will consider positioning in history writing, and the silencing power and ethical blindnesses of colonial nationalism and hegemony.The unit begins with an overview of pre-colonial Australia and briefly critically engages with western and Indigenous knowledges. It then moves to focus on colonisation from 1788 to the present. It moves systemically from 'first contact' to conflict on the colonial frontier, before embarking on a critical appraisal of government policy and practices imposed on Indigenous people, including Stolen Generations, terra nullius, land rights, the emergence of a vigorous Indigenous political culture, the limits of reconciliation and the goal of treaty.


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

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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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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evidence a broad knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
  2. Critically engage in reflecting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and how it was silenced
  3. Discuss Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history in the context of settler nationalism
  4. Explain and critically and ethically reflect •i. on the significance of historical events and processes relevant to period; •ii. on historiography of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history; and •iii. by producing an historical argument (locating, retrieving, organising, analysing and synthesising the argument using required referencing methods) as per the assessment.

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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment