The Australian Experience

Course code HIST1051Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides an introduction to Australian history and to the study of history at the tertiary level. It treats the development of Australian society from the arrival of Aboriginal peoples on the continent to the present, including the development of democratic institutions and the influence of geography; and introduces the skills and approaches employed in the study of the Australian past.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to "think historically", including an ability to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of major aspects of the history of Australia.
2. Read primary and secondary texts critically and show an awareness of the contested nature of historical representation and the ability to engage in historical debates in tutorial discussions and in written assignments.
3. Reflect on Australia's history, especially with regard to the ways in which Australians have reacted to their natural and social environments and the relationship of the past to the present in tutorial discussions and written assignments.
4. Conduct basic research and express clear and informed arguments, orally in the tutorials and in writing the assessments.
ContentThis course will focus on histories of Australia from the arrival of Aboriginal peoples to the present. Specific periods studied may vary from year to year. It will also treat the skills used by historians in the practice of their craft. Topics will include some or all of the following:
1. Origins of Indigenous Australians
2. Traditional Aboriginal society
3. Background to the British colonisation of Australia
4. Convictism
5. Relations between Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians
6. The Development of European Australian land use, economy and political system and cultures of food, clothing and the arts
7. Australia's Involvement in War in the Twentieth Century
8. Cultural Changes of the Twentieth Century including Americanisation and new Australian nationalism
9. Land Rights, the Stolen Generation and Reconciliation
10. The Impact of Australian Geography on its residents
11. The Development of Democratic Institutions
Replacing Course(s)HUMA1051
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HUMA1051 should not enrol in HIST1051.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Field Study
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassExams or in class tests, 15%-40%
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignments and exercises, totalling 3,500 words, 60%-85%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST1051