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HIS1001 Australian Colonies to Federation, 1788-1901

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 5 February 2023


This course is designed to introduce students to the historical study of Australia. It is useful foundation for those intending to become secondary school teachers of History and SOSE but also for those intending to major in history. It stimulates students’ awareness of the problem of bias in sources and introduces them to ways historians have responded to this dilemma. It is also useful as an introduction to the themes of Australian history for those studying Australian Studies or international students wanting an introduction to the historical foundations of contemporary Australia.

This course offers students a narrative history from colonial Australia to Federation and from Invasion to White Australia. It introduces students to Australia's central social, economic and political themes: Indigenous dispossession and resistance, and the settler revolution, as well as movements towards democracy, universal education and better living standards. The course begins with an overview of the long history of Australia, moving toward a consideration of the perspectives on nationalism.. It is intended to enhance students' content knowledge of Australia as well as to develop skills in research methods, historical interpretation and written presentation.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 5 February 2023