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This subject examines the history of Indigenous peoples’ resistance to colonialism in Australia, the Pacific and the Americas. In addition to covering the key protests of the last one hundred years, we see activism as more than just a twentieth-century phenomenon and explore the diverse forms that it took across the last three centuries. What is activism? What is resistance? And how big or small do actions have to be to enter the historical record? From political protest to music, sport, art, environmental activism, imperial literacy, feminism, space, land, mobility, sovereignty, refusal and silence, this subject will broaden students’ understanding of the history of the many ways Indigenous peoples have negotiated with and shaped the ‘post’colonial world.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- an ability to appreciate (for non-Aboriginal students especially) the ethics and politics of studying Indigenous histories;
- an enhanced understanding of the ways Indigenous peoples have resisted colonialism from invasion to the present day in Australia, the Americas and the Pacific;
- a critical understanding of analytical concepts such as settler colonialism, racism, gender, imperial literacy, ethnographic refusal and decolonization and the major debates in Indigenous history;
- improved research, writing, critical thinking skills and an enhanced ability to communicate historical arguments in writing and orally.
Last updated: 6 December 2019