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

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Helen Gardner

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



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Understand and appreciate the variety of interpretative analyses to colonial histories in Australia and Papua New Guinea GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
ULO2 Demonstrate historical knowledge of Papua and New Guinea during Australia's colonial rule of the region in both a local and global context

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3 Critically analyse colonial texts in the specific context of Papua New Guinea

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4 Apply relevant theories of historical methodology and interpretation to the analysis of Papua New Guinea histories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

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 (Individual) - Seminar Exercises 1200 words or equivalent 30% Week 4
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Presentation 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 6
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay 2000 words or equivalent 50% Week 11

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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