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Students will learn about the myriad ways in which Christians from Europe have interacted with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the earliest arrival of colonists to the present day. By examining primary and secondary historical sources, students will become familiar with four overlapping eras in the history of the country that is now called ‘Australia’: conflict and undeclared warfare; the establishment of missions and slave-camps; the long assimilationist period; the movement toward Indigenous self-determination as part of various attempts at covenant or treaty between First and subsequent peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ histories and perspectives are crucial to a range of key conversations in Australian society relating to social justice, public policy and national identity. The aim of this unit is to equip students with a broad global and comparative framework for considering the impact of Australian settler society and its interactions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures from the pre-colonial encounters to recent history.
(NAIITS Indigenous unit – open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants)
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
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