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Unit Overview


This unit examines the political and social processes of colonisation in Western Australia with a focus on Indigenous histories and perspectives. Case studies will be drawn from across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Murchison, and Gascoyne regions. The unit illustrates the local and global scales at which colonisation and modes of resistance operate, considering topics around pastoralism and resource extraction, cultural heritage and tourism, protest and cultural continuity.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage; Human Rights major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Indigenous perspectives and issues in the north of Western Australia; (2) Research historical events and issues in the north of Western Australia; (3) critically analyse these events and issues and the ways they have been represented; (4) demonstrate knowledge of these subjects in writing, employing Aboriginal voices where appropriate; (5) demonstrate communicative skills in tutorial presentation, engagement and participation assessments, and research essay writing; and (6) and demonstrate independent research skills in sourcing information and referencing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation assessments; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Jessyca Hutchens
Unit rules
any Level 1 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
or HIST1100 Aboriginal History
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Metro Area field trip - 1 Day (estimated cost - Up to $60 per day).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week
workshops: 1 hour 45 minutes per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.