This unit of study will be an introduction to the history of the Aboriginal struggle and the continual impact of colonisation upon Aboriginal Australian peoples. Students will explore the role of Aboriginal activism, including why Indigenous peoples have and continue to resist. Students will take part in a wide variety of activities in which they will be expected to engage in critical reflection and reading, and discussions.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Examine and conceptualise the key dimensions of Aboriginal history and political movements in Australia;  
  2. Discuss the complexities of contemporary Aboriginal Australian communities and community-based organisations and modes of engagement;  
  3. Critically reflect on the continuing impact of colonisation; and  
  4. Articulate the continual role of Aboriginal activism and resistance in Australia.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critical book review and reflection 1000 words 30%
Essay Critical essay on unit content 2000 words 70%

Required reading

Maybe Tomorrow,
Prior, B & McDonald, M 2010,
Allen & Unwin.

This book is available as an e-book via the Victoria University library website.