HIST3014 Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Indigenous Australian History

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History; Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Australia's history has been characterised by movement and mobility—its historical origins are often said to date from the arrival of the European explorers, followed by convicts transported to Australian shores, and subsequent waves of migrants from Europe, Asia, the Pacific and elsewhere fleeing war-torn homelands, poverty, or seeking to make new lives. Indigenous history is also marked by mobility, from the originary journeys made by ancestral beings, to the experience of forced removal and displacement from country in the wake of colonisation. Today, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are highly mobile, criss-crossing the land for work, pleasure and obligation. Yet, while such histories have been written about as experiences of emigration, expulsion and exile, by looking at individual lives we can see that such movements also produced and enabled new intimacies and relationships. Recent histories suggest that without built environments convicts and officers rubbed shoulders, explorers and Aboriginal people curiously studied one another, and the frontier was marked by cross-cultural sexual and marital relations, coerced and consensual. This unit investigates the desires, ambitions, ideas and policies which motivated some to travel, and resulted in the forced removal from their homelands for others. How has social mobility been enabled by such movements? What do individual and family stories of journey and the formation of new intimate relationships reveal about Australia's shared history? What approaches can facilitate such intimate histories?
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of the discipline of History; (2) identify and evaluate the methodological problems posed by the study of movement and mobility in Australian history; (3) analyse a range of historical material of various kinds for essay assessments using appropriate methodologies; (4) relate their independent interpretations to complex historiographical debates over Australian and Indigenous-Australian history; (5) present advanced arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline; and (6) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in history.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) a report; and (3) a research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nadia Rhook
Unit rules
a Level 2 History unit
EURO2201 European Civilisation
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
any Level 2 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; Tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks from week 2)
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