Course handbook


Introduces students to the study of nineteenth and twentieth century Australian history at the tertiary level. Topics covered include race and gender relations, convict society, the growth of self-government, war and society and postwar developments. 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 courses in general.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate familiarity with the study of Australian history at the tertiary level, including the factors that affect change and continuity in the modern world, by practising effective note taking skills and oral and written methods of communication.

2. Be able to analyse a range of key ideas and events in Australian history before Federation and in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries and evaluate the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of historical terms and concepts, and a set of conceptual tools with which to analyse and evaluate issues in Australian history.

4. Produce academic work that demonstrates the components and skills of tertiary scholarship such as communicating a coherent and sustained argument through well-structured and detailed text, and incorporating different historical interpretations and perspectives.

5. Demonstrate capacity to utilise a number of relevant historical sources and evaluate their reliability.


Topics may include:

  • 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
  • An overview and some conceptual frameworks for the study of twentieth century history
  • Race relations in Australia in the twentieth century
  • Selected aspects of the history of gender relations in twentieth century Australia
  • A consideration of war and society in twentieth century Australia
  • Postwar modernity


This course is not available to students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPHUMA131 or EPHUMA231.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay Plan & Annotated Bibliography

Essay: Essay

Quiz: Short Answer Tasks

In Term Test: In-Class Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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