Aboriginal History and Political Movements

Unit code: AEK1204 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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VU Sydney


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.

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.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Review
Grade: 30%
Critical book review and reflection.
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 70%
Critical essay on unit content.

Required reading

Maybe tomorrow.
Prior, B., & McDonald, M. (2010).| Allen & Unwin.

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