Colonial Experiment: Australian History 1788-1918 - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Assessment: Essay - 2250 words (55%) , Journal - 1500 words (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Students will develop broad understanding of the events, theories and practices that influenced European settlement of Australia. Students will also develop research skills through the exploration of the theories and practice of colonialism, European settlement in Australia, effects on the environment, implications for Indigenous Australians, pastoralism, industrialisation, technological developments, cultural politics, states and territories, historical events to the turn of the 20th century, federation and the constitution, World War I, and the changing nature of national identity.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in early colonial history
  2. develop an understanding of the shaping of Australian identities
  3. research and analyse the impact of historical milestones on national development
  4. evaluate core features of the ideology of colonialism.
  • Essay — 2250 words (55%)
  • Journal — 1500 words (35%)
  • Review — 750 words (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past

    By:Ritter & Gare

    ISBN: 9780170346924


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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