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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit students are introduced to a comparative study of settlement in two regions of recent colonisation: Australasia and West of the United States. They will learn to take a thematic approach to each region, and cover the period of the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The main themes will be the treatment of indigenous inhabitants and race relations, patterns of migration, rural settlement and the exploitation of natural resources including mineral and forest resources, the growth of urban communities and politics and social structure. Students will compare the 'new western history' with the way Australian historians have examined urban and rural frontiers.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCharles Fahey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites 30 credit points of first-year History, or co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCrabgrass frontier, the suburbanization of the United States,PrescribedJackson, K.OXFORD UP 1985
ReadingsSugar Creek, life on the Illinois prairie,PrescribedFaragher, J.M.YALE UP 1986

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