The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Encourages reflection on the nature of history, historical representation and the process of making histories through the examination of Australian urban history and historiography. The history of Australian cities, their origins and development and the varieties of lives in them will be introduced, with reference to the long neglect of cities in favour of the Bush. Seminars will further develop understandings of Australian cities through the close study of texts relating to issues such as images of cities, inter urban competition and gender and ethnicity in cities.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Ability to analyse primary sources relating to Australian urban history

2. Ability to assess secondary texts in terms of historical accuracy, author's point of view and credibility

3. Ability to comprehend and apply theories of urban growth and development to Australian cities

4. Research skills associated with investigation of Australia's urban form

5. Written communication skills.


This course may include:

  • Introduction to urban history and historiography
  • The Environment of Australian cities
  • Origins and growth of Australian cities
  • Urban competition and comparative studies
  • Outposts
  • The Bush Legend in an Urban Context
  • Canberra and Urban Planning
  • Cities at war and post war cities
  • Industrial cities
  • Race and Ethnicity in Cities
  • Urban Postmodernity
  • The Suburbs
  • Urban Lives: Living Cities

Assumed knowledge

The basic skills of analysis, research and writing gained in 1000 level History courses.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Final test, on line

Written Assignment: Site review

Essay: Research essay

Participation: Seminar participation, on line and face to face