NOTE: All new participants in NAIITS program must complete the Application Form under Study/Specialist Programs/NAIITS
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Use and appropriately reference a variety of primary and secondary sources important to the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian history to build an evidence-based historical and theological narratives or arguments.
- Describe a range of factual knowledge of the histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in historical, political, and religious settings.
- Articulate the relationship of religion and politics in the development of historical and contemporary Australia and its impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Identify and reflect on key ethical and historical debates relating to real-world situations/case studies relating to Australian Indigenous peoples over time and their experiences of Christianity and its denominations.
- Practical assessment (1,000 words) 20%
- Thematic project (1,500 words) 30%
- Research essay (3,500 words) 50%
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Barry, Amanda, Joanna Cruickshank, and Andrew Brown-May, eds. Evangelists of Empire?: Missionaries in Colonial History. Vol. 18. UoM Custom Book Centre, 2011.
- Boyce, James. God’s Own Country? The Anglican Church and Tasmanian Aborigines. Hobart: Anglicare Tasmania, 2001.
- Brock, Peggy, Norman Etherington, Gareth Griffiths, and Jacqueline Van Gent. Indigenous Evangelists and Questions of Authority in the British Empire 1750-1940: First Fruits. Brill, 2015.
- Brodie, Nick. The Vandemonian War: a secret history Britain’s Tasmania invasion. Richmond: Hardie Grant Books, 2017.
- Broome, Richard. Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788. Melbourne: Allen and Unwin, 2019.
- Film: The Nightingale directed by Jennifer Kent (2018).
- Finlay, Grant. ‘Good people always crackney in heaven’: Mythic conversations in lutruwita/Tasmania. Hobart: Fullers Publishing, 2019.
- Harris, John. One Blood: 200 Years of Aboriginal Encounter with Christianity. A Story of Hope. Australians Together, 2013.
- Maynard, John. Fight for liberty and freedom: the origins of Australian Aboriginal activism. Aboriginal Studies Press, 2007.
- Mitchell, Jessie. In good faith?: governing Indigenous Australia through god, charity and empire, 1825-1855. ANU Press, 2011.
- O’Brien, Karen. Petitioning for land: the petitions of First Peoples of modern British colonies. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
- Presland, Gary. The Eastern Kulin of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Central Victoria. Melbourne: Victoria Museum Publishing, 2010.
- Reynolds, Henry. The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia. 2nd Edition. Hawthorn, Victoria: Penguin, 1990.
- Rintoul, Stuart. The Wailing: a National Black Oral History. Port Melbourne: William Heinemann, 1993.
- Tatz, Colin. Australia’s Unthinkable Genocide. (Xlibris, 2017).
- Van Toorn, Penny, and Penelope Van Toorn. Writing never arrives naked: Early Aboriginal cultures of writing in Australia. Aboriginal Studies Press, 2006.