A History of Aboriginal Political Thought

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A History of Aboriginal Political Thought

<p>This course concentrates on Aboriginal political perspectives since 1788. It deals with Aboriginal readings of the state and its role in people’s lives which at times incorporates non – Aboriginal

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This course concentrates on Aboriginal political perspectives since 1788. It deals with Aboriginal readings of the state and its role in people’s lives which at times incorporates non – Aboriginal people as well. Influences drawn on and rejected are discussed as well as Aboriginal analyses of history. It relies on printed and some documentary sources.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus, The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights: A Documentary History, Sydney, 1999
  • H. Goodall, Invasion to Embassy, Sydney 1988.
  • J. Horner, Bill Ferguson, Fighter for Aboriginal freedom, Canberra 1974, repr 1994.
  • J. Maynard, Fight for Liberty and Freedom, Sydney, 2008.
  • Gary Foley’s Koori History Website.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Deputation – This considers representations from the early colonial times to the 1860s – as well as violent responses to colonization.
  • New Deal – The possibilities surrounding the politics of the 1920s to 1930s.
  • Bark Petition – The theoretical ideas behind the 1963 Bark Petition and similiar approaches.
  • Black Power – the use of civil rights as well as Indigenous philosophies.
  • Land and Embassy – Creating a state – perceiving a state.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an overview of various strands of thinking and discussion among Aboriginal people. Students will be aware of ethical research.