Australian History 1

Course code EPHUMA131Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Introduces students to the study of Australian history at the tertiary level. Topics covered include race and gender relations, convict society, and the growth of self-government. Emphasis is placed on academic skills, such as note taking, research, analysis and essay writing, which are widely applicable to the tertiary study of history and to humanities subjects in general. This course is strongly recommended for students wishing to study teaching degrees.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesBy the end of this course the student will:
1. be introduced to, and familiar with, the study of Australian history at the tertiary level.
2. be aware of a range of key ideas and events in Australian history before Federation.
3. possess a set of conceptual tools with which to analyse and evaluate Australian history.
4. have practised note taking and effective listening skills in lectures.
5. be acquainted with the basic components and skills involved in the production and presentation of academic essays.
6. be familiar with and have practised the skills required for effective examination performance.
Content* An introduction, outlining the nature of history as a discipline, providing a course overview and some conceptual frameworks.
* Race relations in Australia, in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, beginning with a consideration of pre-contact Aboriginal Australia.
* Convict society.
* Selected aspects of the history of gender relations in colonial Australia.
* The development of self-government in Australia until Federation.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWorkbook 20 %
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 25%
Essays contribute to course objectives. In particular, students will develop and display competency in the academic skills of topic analysis, research, note taking, critical reading and construction, and presentation of a written argument, utilising appropriate technologies.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay Plan and annotated bibliography 15 %
Examination: FormalFinal examination, in the University examination period, 40% Develops and displays the capacity for individual research and academic skills. Assesses overall proficiency in this course.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPHUMA131