Australian History 1


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


  1. An introduction, outlining the nature of history as a discipline, providing a course overview and some conceptual frameworks.
  2. Race relations in Australia, in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, beginning with a consideration of pre-contact Aboriginal Australia.
  3. Convict society.
  4. Selected aspects of the history of gender relations in colonial Australia.
  5. The development of self-government in Australia until Federation.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment Items

Log / Workbook: Workbook

Written Assignment: Essay Plan and Annotated Bibliography

Essay: Full Essay

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks