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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Stephen Pritchard and John Arnold


Previously coded AUS4230


This unit is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Indigenous Australians. It provides an overview of the society and culture of Indigenous Australians before European settlement, the disastrous impact of white contact, the adjustment to living under Colonial white rule, patterns of resistance, Aboriginal political activism in the twentieth century and the movement to reconciliation. Particular emphasis is given to the Stolen Generations and the Federal Government's Apology of February 2008. The unit makes extensive use of documentaries ('The First Australians') and films such as 'Backroads', 'Rabbit Proof Fence' and 'Twelve Canoes', and the 'Bringing them Home' report.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have an overview and understanding of Indigenous Australia;
  2. Have an understanding of the impact and effects of the 'Stolen Generation' policy;
  3. Be able to interpret and analyse individual testimonies of the Stolen Generation;
  4. Be able to conduct research on Indigenous Australians at post-graduate level.


Book/film review (1500 words): 15%
Stolen Generation individual testament study (2500 words): 25%
Long Research Essay (5000 words): 60%

Contact hours

One three hour combined lecture/seminar per week


AIS4040, ATS4685