AUSTRALIAN HISTORY: COLONIAL

HIS1AHC

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will introduce students to the events and issues that shaped Australia during the years from British convict settlement of the first colony, New South Wales, to the union of colonies with Federation in 1901. We will investigate the treatment of convicts and Aborigines, the spread of European settlement, goldrushes and bushrangers, the evolution of colonial government, the role of women in colonial Australia, and questions about developing Australian identities. Readings, tutorial discussions, assignments and lectures will provide students with skills in reading and using primary and secondary sources, assessing evidence, and constructing a convincing argument.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Gilbert

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects HIS11AHC, HIS12AHC, HIS1AHC

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate sources and lines of argument and evidence on a history topic

Activities:
Short essay evaluating the different uses of primary and secondary sources 1500-2000 word essay requiring students to research a topic and write a scholarly response to a set essay question Optional reading journal requiring short (100-200 word) interpretations of, and responses to, one reading per weekly topic
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Focusing on time and context analyse continuity and change

Activities:
Short essay requiring students to grasp differences between contemporary documents and modern interpretations of events based on research and understandings expanded over the passage of time. 1500-2000 word essay questions based on subject topics requiring students to understand changing conditions and sensibilities over time in Colonial Australian History.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on a history topic

Activities:
Short essay identifying and comparing primary and secondary sources 1500-2000 word research-focused essay answering question based on weekly subject topics Library workshops and Library assignment provide students with resources and skills to enable them to locate and identify sources relevant to the subject Optional reading journal requiring short (100-200 word) interpretations of, and responses to, one reading per weekly topic
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Write a sustained historical argument or narrative

Activities:
Short essay comparing primary and secondary sources 1500-2000 word essay answering set question based on subject topics Optional take-home exam requiring students to demonstrate an ability to write a sustained historical argument
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

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