- Australia before 1788
- Convicts and British Colonies in Australia
- Settlement or Invasion? The Impact of Colonization on Indigenous Australians
- Life in the Colony to 1820
- Wool and Gold: Australia from the 1820s to 1850s
- Cities and Urban Life in the 19th Century
- Heroes of Colonial Australia?: Explorers and Bushrangers in the 19th Century
- People on the Margins?: Women and Immigrants in the 19th Century
- One Nation: The Federation of Australia
- World War 1 and the ANZAC Legend
- Australia in the 1930s
- Australia in the 20th Century
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
- Online Assessment
Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.
No special requirements
As Deborah Gare says, in Making Australian History (2008): "To many Australians, history is about little more than stories of convicts or the heroic failure at Gallipoli. For the unlucky nine-year-old children I was at school with, it was about the tediously narrated Burke and Wills expedition .... Yet Australia's past is much more significant than the dry-as-dust stuff many have been subjected to, and it remains a constant battleground for power and politics in Australia" (p. xxxi). In this subject, we will go beyond the "dry-as-dust stuff" and explore the broad outlines of Australia's history. From early concepts of Terra Australis and the richness of Aboriginal culture before the establishment of a convict colony by the British in 1788, through the transformation into an independent nation to modern-day multicultural Australia, this subject will look at the confrontations and interactions, the changes and continuities, the successes and failures that have shaped a nation. Themes of particular interest include the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians; the convict experience; life in the colony; Australian experiences of war; and the political, social and cultural changes that have helped shape and reshape contemporary Australia.
- Essay 1 (30%)
- Essay 1 (40%)
- Online Discussion (30%)
Textbooks are not required.
Textbook information is pending.