IND301 - Politics of Resistance in Indigenous Australia

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Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rebecca Gerrett-Magee

IND203, IND204, or IND205

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour online class per week (recordings provided) and an interactive 1 x 1-hour online seminar


This unit will examine the resistance of Indigenous peoples to European occupation and the ensuing colonial systems that sought to control their lives. The unit will discuss the different forms that Indigenous resistance has taken since European occupation of the continent and explore why Indigenous peoples have and continue to resist.

Students will critically engage and analyse Indigenous people's struggle in the face of changing government administrative regimes and persistent social, economic and political discrimination. Significant Indigenous defensive actions, letters, petitions, protests, labour strikes, Aboriginal societies, legal challenges, other principled actions, and political activism will provide a context for investigating Indigenous agency and political standpoints from early contact to the contemporary era.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Examine and conceptualise the key dimensions of Indigenous history and political movements in Australia

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

Analyse the complexities of contemporary Indigenous Australian communities and community-based organisations and modes of engagement

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship

Demonstrate self-evaluation and reflexivity in examining and engaging with community strategies and responses to the continuing impact of colonisation

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-Management

Apply cultural responsiveness to engage, foreground, and represent diverse perspectives and voices in a group process

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Team work

GLO8: Global citizenship

Identify and analyse significant events and campaigns in off and online spaces that exemplify Indigenous peoples’ role in challenging injustices and how these have brought about change

GLO1: Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Sites of Resistance Analytical Reflection 1000 words
or equivalent
30% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - (Group) Resistance Analysis, written or digital summary 1500 words
or equivalent
35% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Analytical Essay 1500 words
or equivalent
35% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

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