A Sunburnt Country: Australian Environmental History

Course code HIST2065Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course treats the environmental history of Australia, examining the impact of human beings on the continent from ancient times to the present and attempting to understand the cultural assumptions about the environment which guided human practices. It will engage with contemporary debates within the literature on environmental history and provide students with opportunities to conduct original research in the field.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to;

Design and conduct research projects in Australian environmental history.
Discuss the historical impact of Australians on their environment and the attitudes which underpin the human use of the environment.
Critically analyse issues in Australian environmental history in both written and oral form.
ContentThis course will begin with an introduction to the field of environmental history, its principal proponents and its approach to the study of the past. It will then proceed chronologically and thematically through a range of specific aspects of environmental history, which may include: the relationship between traditional Indigenous society and the environment, the impact of systematic burning by Aboriginal peoples, the early European perceptions of the Australian environment, the impact of pastoralism, cities and the environment, the concept of drought, the role of naturalists and captive animal display, the environment and Australian national identity, the environmental movement including heritage legislation, and global warming. Lectures and seminars will be supplemented with practical demonstrations.
Replacing Course(s)HIST3065
TransitionStudents who have completed HIST3065 are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassClass, 15%
Essays / Written Assignments500 - 3500 words, 75%
Group/tutorial participation and contribution10%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term