Aboriginal People, History and Colonialism, an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia and University of South Australia, is a focused historical unit that explores a specific era of Australian history from the 1770s to the 1880s, as well as the period of Aboriginal history which precedes this, before the British colonial era.
The unit focuses on the Aboriginal experience in Australia during the time in question, tracing the colonisation of Aboriginal Australia by Europeans. The unit places a strong emphasis on examining the shifting ideologies and social theories during this time, and addresses topics such as how the Aboriginal people responded to European settlement and colonialism; the emerging problem of indigenous mass unemployment; themes of segregation; the assimilation question; and the formation of a distinctly Aboriginal political voice.
As well as examining relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from a variety of different perspectives, this unit explores the role of legislation in shaping the indigenous experience during this period.
There are no prerequisites for this unit; so anyone can apply. Please should note that this unit contains mature content.
Applicants who are under the age of 16 and who wish to enrol in this unit will be required to complete a parental consent form.
Areas of study
In this Aboriginal People, History and Colonialism unit, the topics you will study include:
Thinking about history
What do historians do?
The spread of the frontier
British occupation of the whole continent
Changing ideologies, 1770s-1880s
Mixed missionary blessings
Accommodation and resistance
From segregation to assimilation
The emergence of an indigenous political voice
The beginnings of change
History and destiny
This unit is a major, minor, stream or specialisation for the following course/s:
Bachelor of Arts, Indigenous Studies, University of South Australia
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The online Aboriginal People, History and Colonialism unit provides students with an insight into how the lives of Australia’s Aboriginal people were transformed between late 18th to the late 19th century, and how Aboriginals responded to these enormous social, economic and political shifts.
The contents of the unit will also provide students with a broad understanding of some of the key areas of historical enquiry relating to the Aboriginal experience in Australia. This includes the impact of European legislation on indigenous people, the challenges of assimilation, and the impact of segregation. The modes of assessment for this unit are primarily essay-based, giving students the opportunity to develop their writing skills, analytical ability and critical thinking skills.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Aboriginal History, People and Colonialism from University of South Australia.
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Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP may be available.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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