HIST327 - Global Histories: First Nations and Colonisation

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 200-level units in History
Teaching Organisation: Nil

Settler colonial nations are being increasingly held to account for their past treatment of Indigenous peoples. Historians have a role to play in helping explain the history of settler colonialism and its ongoing legacy for Indigenous peoples. This unit explores the patterns of settler colonial societies and their interactions with Indigenous peoples in southern Africa, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada. Students will consider the oppression of Indigenous peoples and the removal of their access to land and resources, as well as the responses of Indigenous peoples, including methods of resistance and self-determination and the marks which settler colonialism has left on the present. Applying the methods of social and cultural historians, students will look at a range of fascinating resources, analyse competing interpretations, debate questions relating to historical sources and Indigenous agency. They will interpret and reflect on relevant historical debates and develop their own evidence-based narrative or argument.

The aim of this unit is to equip students with a broad global and comparative framework for considering the spread of settler societies and their interactions with Indigenous peoples and cultures from the 1400s to recent history.