Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course takes an in-depth look at specific issues in Australian history that have provoked debate and controversy. The aim is to examine historical debates surrounding these issues, consider some of the relevant primary sources, and discuss the theoretical and political context to contemporary developments in the study of Australian history. The course provides students with an overarching knowledge of historical debates, while also encouraging development of the skills of researching, writing, and evaluating historical arguments.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3220. Students who have successfully completed HIST3220 are not eligible to enrol in HIST3221.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse the major issues in the study and practice of Australian history;

2. Evaluate competing historical interpretations, and primary sources;

3. Show an ability to understand and analyse academic as well as popular history;

4. Demonstrate advanced research, writing, information literacy and oral communication skills relevant to history.


Specific topics may include: Aboriginal history; historiography and famous Australian historians; gender and sexuality; conflict and violence; local history and global connections, oral history and biography. 


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed HIST3220.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Critical Review of Relevant Research Sources (30%)

Essay: Research Essay (40%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises (30%)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.