This unit expands students’ knowledge in Indigenous issues as they relate to Australia’s national identity and our place in the international community. It encourages critical analysis of Australia’s claims as a politically progressive, culturally inclusive society by considering the extent to which fellow postcolonial societies Canada, New Zealand and the US have addressed the legacy of Indigenous dispossession. Through comparative analyses and analytical skills, students examine and reflect on their role in a postcolonial, democratic society whose contemporary economic wealth and political freedoms continue to flow from the historic dispossession of our First Peoples.


INS20002 International Indigenous Perspectives


50 credit points

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Critically review European imperialism in a global context, and its impact on Australian history from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives
  • Critically examine your own role as an individual in contemporary Australian society and the broader world community
  • Clearly define and discuss the key concepts of colonialism and imperialism and how these profoundly shaped the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across the former British Empire
  • Identify ongoing issues for post-colonial societies such as Australia and Canada that are a direct consequence of their colonial past
  • Identify and discuss the various ways that Indigenous peoples resisted colonisation
  • Participate in informed discussions of global Indigenous issues through academic research, and presenting balanced, supported inter-cultural discussions

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
3.00 11 weeks 33
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
6.00 12 weeks 72


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Presentation and ReportGroup 35% 1,3,4,5,6 
Research EssayIndividual 35% 1,2,3,4,5 
TestIndividual 30% 1,3,4,5,6 


  • A Contemporary Landscape Of Imperialism And Colonialism
  • European Imagination – Colonial Representations Of The “Other”
  • Colonial Doctrines – Truth and Authority
  • Colonialism’s ‘violent space’ – Assimilation, violence, authority
  • If you fight the law, can the lore win?
  • Community & Identity
  • Native (Re)presentations
  • Cultural Capitalism’
  • Decolonisation and entangled histories
  • Changing Histories – reflections and summary

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.