Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will examine changing conceptions of the nature of childhood and how they have influenced the treatment of young Australians. The course will cover the experiences of Aboriginal children on the colonial frontier to policies of Aboriginal child removal, the conditions and contributions of convict children and successive waves of settler migrants, policies on education and health for a modern nation, and child and youth cultures in Australia from the past to the political activism of schools strikes for action on climate change. Students will be given the opportunity to work with a number of primary texts and encouraged to reflect on the nature of history and historical representation.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate changing views about the nature of childhood and how these views have influenced the treatment of children and adolescents;

2. Analyse the link between the childhood experiences and personal and cultural identity in Australian social history;

3. Evidence historical argument and research in written and oral communication.

4. Communicate ideas at an advanced level, including in digital formats relevant to history.


Students undertaking this course will be introduced to changing conceptions about the nature of childhood, the varying experiences of growing up in Australia, the impact of ideology on policy making and the link between childhood experiences and cultural identity. Topics to be covered may include:

  1. Theories and historiography of childhood
  2. Indigenous children
  3. Convict children
  4. Child migrant and youth rescue movements
  5. Eugenics, health and welfare
  6. Educating Boys and Girls
  7. Teenage rebellion
  8. The right to play
  9. Youth activism
  10. Remembering childhood
  11. Representing youth and childhood
  12. Children's literature and popular culture



This course replaces HIST3241. If you have successfully completed HIST3241 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

10 units of History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Workshop Notes Exercise (20%)

Presentation: Primary Source Interpretation (15%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Research essay with online exhibition option (50%)

Quiz: In class test (15%)

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.