IKC103 Indigenous Australian Histories (8)

This subject draws upon primary and secondary sources, including the historical records and findings of national inquiries, to examine the nature of the invasion and subsequent colonization of Australia and the impact of colonial and post federation policies and practices on Indigenous Australian peoples and cultures. It begins with an overview of political, economic and social life in Great Britain during the 18th century, the history of transportation of British and Irish prisoners to offshore penal colonies, including Australia, and the ideologies which supported the expansion of the British Empire.


Session 2 (60)
Dubbo Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC103. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Assumed Knowledge

IKC102 Indigenous Australian Cultures or equivalent knowledge and understanding.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to identify the primary factors which led to the transportation of convicts to Australia by the British
  • Be able to explain the theories of race which supported the colonization, dispossession and subjugation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Be able to analyse the impact of colonization and missionary endeavour on the lives and cultures of Indigenous Australian peoples
  • Be able to interpret the major provisions of the Aborigines Protection Acts and Assimilation Policy
  • Be able to discuss the history and impact of the policy and practice of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their families
  • Be able to outline the nature and history of Indigenous Australian political activism


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Political, economic and social life in 18th Century Great Britain and history of convict transportation
  • Theories of 'race': from Great Chain of Being to Social Darwinism
  • Terra Nullius and the arrival of the First Fleet: Early impacts and cross-cultural encounters
  • Colonial frontier
  • Missionary Endeavour
  • Aborigines Protection Acts
  • Protection or Segregation?: Life on Reserves and Missions
  • Employment, health and education
  • The forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families
  • The Assimilation policy
  • The struggle for rights: the history of Indigenous Australian political activism

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of IKC103 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
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Self assessment snapshot
Reflective journal

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.