Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

In this course we build the distinctive stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and Māori people in Aotearoa New Zealand over four modules. Our aim is to provide you with an understanding of our past and present realities. In the first module we overview the arrival of both Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and settlement in our lands, exploring our respective culture and societies. In the 2nd module we detail the period of colonisation for both peoples, from the first European claims of discovery and ownership to establishment of Colonial Governments, the frontier wars and the disruption to our traditional societies and ways of life and the colonial containment practices that followed. The third module’s focus is how colonisation impacted on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori from the mid 1800s until the late 20th century. We explore not just denial of Indigenous citizenship but also the resistance and activism of both our people’s to re-assert our sovereignty and basic rights. The final module draws the material from the previous three together to outline the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples within our respective nation states and dominant cultures.

Course Instructors

Maggie Walter

Maggie Walter (PhD), a descendant of the trawlwoolway/prelunnener people from North Eastern Tasmania, is a Professor in Sociology, teaching and researching in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Her research and publications range across the fields of Race Relations, Research Methods and Methodologies and Indigenous families and social policy. She is a long-term member of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) steering committee and is a founding member of the National Indigenous Researcher and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN).

Huia Tomlins-Jahnke

Huia Tomlins-Jahnke (PhD) is Ngati Kahungunu Ngati Toarangatira, Ngai nTahu and Ngati Hine. She is currently Associate Professor of Maori Education and Head of School in the College of Education at Massey University. Her research interests are in the fields of Maori and indigenous development, indigenous research methodologies, the ethics of knowledge production and Maori education. She has extensive experience in tribal research and has PH.D that investigates the nature of tribal services provision in health and social services.

Course Description

What's it about?

In this course we build the distinctive stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and Māori people in Aotearoa New Zealand over four modules. Our aim is to provide you with an understanding of our past and present realities.

In this course we build the distinctive stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and Māori people in Aotearoa New Zealand over four modules. Our aim is to provide you with an understanding of our past and present realities.

In the first module we overview the arrival of both Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and settlement in our lands, exploring our respective culture and societies. In the 2nd module we detail the period of colonisation for both peoples, from the first European claims of discovery and ownership to establishment of Colonial Governments, the frontier wars and the disruption to our traditional societies and ways of life and the colonial containment practices that followed.

The third module’s focus is how colonisation impacted on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori from the mid 1800s until the late 20th century. We explore not just denial of Indigenous citizenship but also the resistance and activism of both our people’s to re-assert our sovereignty and basic rights. The final module draws the material from the previous three together to outline the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples within our respective nation states and dominant cultures.

What's involved?

Module 1Our Peoples
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2European Colonisation
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Colonised Peoples
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Our Peoples Now
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • The long history of Indigenous peoples in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
    • Aboriginal arrival more than 45,000 years ago and migration across Australia – 500 nations and more than 260 languages
    • Māori migration theories and the seven waka and Māori customary locations and traditional worldviews
  • The similarities but also the differences in how British colonisation came to, and was established in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and the various ways our peoples sought to resist their dispossession from their traditional lands
    • How Australia and Aotearoa were ‘discovered’ ‘renamed’ and ‘claimed’
    • Australia as a convict colony and the arrival of the first fleet of British military, convicts and settlers
    • Crown/Māori relations, treaties and Land wars
    • Australian frontier wars including the Black Wars in Tasmania and the incarceration of our people at Wybalenna
  • How colonisation impacted on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples from the mid 1800s to the late 20th century
    • The disenfranchisement, cultural destruction and dislocation and use of statutes and laws to contain Aboriginal and Māori peoples
    • The resistance and activism including the Day of Mourning, the Freedom Rides and the 1967 Referendum in Australia and the Land March, Bastion Point and Foreshore and Seabed in Aotearoa
  • Being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or Māori today including our identity and presence in each of our countries
    • Socio-economic marginalisation and disadvantage
    • Treaty of Waitangi Claims
    • Political movements – representation and reconciliation including Constitutional reform and reviews
    • Contemporary social, economic organisation

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours and 47 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Community work
  • Foreign affairs
  • Māori development
  • Policy analysis
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Translation services

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