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Global Histories of Indigenous Activism (HIST30074)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeHIST30074
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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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



A reflective journal

  • 2000 words
During the examination period40%

A case study analysis presented orally in class and a written version posted on the subject blog of 500 words, due one week after the scheduled presentation

  • 500 words
Throughout the semester20%

A research essay

  • 1500 words
Week 940%

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Throughout the semesterN/A

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 September 2019