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3 weeks


3 hours per week


FREE - Certificate for £42


Humanities and Social Science

About this course

Travel back in time to discover Australian history. On this course you will take a journey through Australian history. You will examine a range of periods and topics including Aboriginal deep time history, transportation and convictism and colonialism.

This course will also introduce you to the skills and approaches used in the academic study of history – especially the study of Australian history – and help you to understand issues in contemporary Australia in context

What topics will you cover?

  • Traditional Aboriginal society
  • Background to the British colonisation of Australia
  • Convictism
  • Relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

What you'll achieve

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Apply a developing understanding of core historical concepts.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of key themes, events, and people in the history of Australia’s First Nations and the early decades of European occupation of the continent.
  • Interpret the Australian past within a local and global context.
  • Explain the contested nature of Australia’s early European history.
  • Identify foundational scholarly sources (primary and secondary, oral and written) relating to Australia’s early history.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of Australian history or their historical skills.

Meet the instructors

Dr Kate Ariotti

Dr Kate Ariotti

Dr Kate Ariotti is a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Kate is an expert in the history of Australians at war, and loves studying and teaching Australian History.

Associate Professor Nancy Cushing

Associate Professor Nancy Cushing

Dr Nancy Cushing is Associate Professor in Australian history in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. Her primary research area is Australian environmental history, in particular human animal relations, with a secondary interest in the history of Newcastle.

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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.