Colonisation and Decolonisation (KOCR3606)


Colonised peoples are often classified according to Western intellectual, political and historical priorities. This unit of study critically evaluates Western classifications of Indigenous Australia and the Pacific by investigating three key themes: Indigenous histories and representation, colonising and decolonising Indigenous peoples and international contexts. It presents revised understandings of the lived realities of Indigenous cultures through exploring regional and cultural identities, neocolonialism, nuclear testing, gender relations, resistance and overpowering colonialism.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd equivalent Oral Presentation (20%), 1x1000wd Seminar Paper (30%), 1x2500wd Research essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

KOCR2600, or 18 Junior credit points of units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.