The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

HIST1051

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course provides an introduction to Australian history. It treats the development of Australian society to the present through the lenses of Aboriginal deep time history; convicts and colonialism; war and conflict; migration and multiculturalism; landscape and the environment; and the development of democratic institutions. The course looks to Australian history to contextualise issues in contemporary Australia and introduces the skills and approaches employed in the study of the Australian past.


Availability

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Show a developing understanding of core historical concepts.

2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of key themes, events, and people in Australian history.

3. Situate the Australian past within a local and global context.

4. Recognise and explain why there are differing interpretations of Australian history.

5. Use scholarly sources (both primary and secondary) to construct and communicate clear and informed arguments about Australian history.


Content

This course will focus on histories of Australia from Aboriginal deep time history to the present. It will also treat the skills used by historians in the practice of their craft. Topics will include: Origins of Indigenous Australians; Pre-contact Aboriginal society; Background to the British colonisation of Australia; Relations between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians; Land use, economy and political systems; Australia's involvement in war in the twentieth century; Social and cultural change and their impacts in the twentieth century; Land Rights, the Stolen Generations, and Reconciliation; The impact of Australian geography on society and culture; The development of democratic institutions.


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial/ Laboratory Exercises (30%)

Essay: Essay (35%)

In Term Test: In Term Test (35%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

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

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Ourimbah

Lecture

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

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Online

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks