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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Modern Australia began from convict origins, and grew into a collection of colonies whose free settlers sought to wrest land from indigenous owners. It emerged as a federated nation in a little over a century. In this subject we examine how resource exploitation, a pastoral economy, urbanisation, political alliances and experiments in social democracy forged colonial development/history. We explore how war, depression and new sources of migration, technological change, foreign policy directions, and political protest emerged in the twentieth century to challenge and internationalise Australia. We trace people's role in shaping these dramatic transformations and the profound impact of such changes on everyday life, as we consider the nature of historical knowledge and how historians have interpreted these changes.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKatie Holmes

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesJournal exercise; document exercise, reflective essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first year History and 15 credit points of another first year Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsHIS3CMA

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Learning resources

A History of Australia

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMark Peel & Christina Twomey





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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify key moments of economic, social and political change in modern Australia
02. Understand key concepts in the history of Australia: colonialism, Federation, urbanisation, protection, modernity, assimilation, globalisation
03. Critically evaluate how individuals and social movement have shaped modern Australia and, in turn, the impact of social and cultural change on everyday lives
04. Demonstrate an understanding of different historiographical traditions in Australia
05. Develop a critical understanding of the nature and use of different types of historical sources, including sources that are available online
06. Evaluate the impact of modernising influences on different aspects Australia's history: the economy, the union movement, urbanisation, warfare, gender relations, social welfare
07. Recognise how ideas about race, class and gender shaped modern Australia

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