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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (also known as First Nation Australians) and the role of non-Indigenous Australians in this process. This history is recognised as an important part of national history for all Australians. The unit begins by an investigation into the power of the coloniser to define what is silenced in national history and the impact of the foundational historiography (and the national identity so constructed) in shaping often ‘taken for granted’ views of what was/is referred to as the ‘settlement of Australia’. The unit provides key knowledge on terra nullius; First Nation resistance to colonisation; racism; Stolen Generations; and the formative and ongoing development of First Nation political resistance and advocacy, including the 1967 Referendum and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. As such the unit provides a foundational understanding of Australian history of First Nation and non-Indigenous people. 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 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 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 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 34.21% 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: Student feedback re Moodle
Too many readings
It is recommended to reduce readings and create an e-readings list to align with CQU Renew.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
Assessment instructions unclear and wordy
It is recommended to refine assessment instructions.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation
Moodle page cluttered
It is recommended to tidy up Moodle as part of the Renew curriculum refresh.
Action Taken
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 and its interface with non-Indigenous history
  2. Critically & ethically engage in reflecting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and how it was silenced in the interface with the formative nationalist history
  3. Discuss and critically reflect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history in the context of colonialism and settler nationalism
  4. Explain and critically and ethically reflect on the 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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment