The course will examine how Europeans asserted legal ownership to the continent of Australia before
proceeding over the following two centuries to buttress that legal claim with claims of effective and
moral ownership. Like many other societies across the world, European Australians struggled to make
land that was fruitfully occupied by its original inhabitants, in this case the Aborigines, as their own.
That struggle continues even today, with Australia still being shaped by the problematic circumstances
of its origins and the ongoing struggle to become secure in its possession of the continent.
Message to those taking this Course:
Attendance and participation (30%) and one 1500 word essay (70%)