University of Technology Sydney

54085 Aboriginal Political History: Ideas, Action and Agency

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 58227 Balancing World Views: Introduction to Aboriginal Cultures AND 58319 Rights and Territories AND 58321 Australian Film AND 58326 Australian Aboriginal Politics and History


This subject examines the motives and means of colonisation/dispossession across time and place, the shifting and changing political rationalities and wider intellectual influences that shaped this process and how this in turn has shaped Aboriginal social, cultural and economic life. The subject is engaging and dynamic, with constructive and empowering strategies to think about the past and imagine the future. Through detailed case studies, students examine the kinds of movements for change that Aboriginal people and their supporters have mounted, the changing relationship with the Australian public and the formal institutions of power, the Aboriginal domain and new opportunities for change. This focus opens up wider discussions about how students interpret the past, make sense of the present and work for change in the future.

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