AIH326 - Australia's Empire: Colonialism in Papua New Guinea

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Helen Gardner


Students must have completed at least 8 credit points. Otherwise by permission of the unit chair



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour seminar per week (recordings provided)



This unit will explore Australia’s colonial rule of Papua and New Guinea from the late 19th century to independence in 1975. It will do so through an explicit analysis of the diverse and complex archives that are used to write colonial histories. We will examine the imperial competition that led to the annexation of the region in 1884 and the theories of racial determinism that forged the first Australian administration. We will explore Papua New Guinean responses to the spread of Christian missions and affiliated services such as education, and examples of anti-colonial sentiment against Australian rule. Students will track how the Kokoda campaign changed both Papua New Guineans and Australians as decolonisation spread in the wake of World War Two. Finally, we will examine the rising nationalism of Papua New Guineans in the 1960s and the end of Australian rule in 1975.


Assessment 1 (Individual) - Seminar Exercises (1000 words) - 30%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Presentation  (500 words) - 20%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay (2500 words) - 50%

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