• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, History, Heritage Studies

This course provides a fresh introduction to Australian history since 1788. We will cast aside many traditional assumptions about Australian history, and seek to replace them with new angles of vision on the large and varied cast of women and men who have shaped this nation from its contested beginnings. The course uses two main approaches: biographical vignettes of men and women, from a range of class and ethnic backgrounds, whose stories tell us about various periods and episodes extending from the earliest cultural encounters between British settlers and Indigenous people to recent history; and the analytical frame of gender - so that we can see how different ideas of femininity and masculinity shaped Australians' lives. Using these two approaches, the course interrogates the making and meaning of Australian mythologies across more than two centuries 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Reflect on and discuss a wide range of events in and aspects of Australian history.
  2. Use a range of individual life stories to analyze important episodes and themes in Australian history.
  3. Analyze the ways changing ideas of gender (both masculinities and femininities) have shaped Australian history and vice versa.
  4. Think, write and argue about how Australian history is presented in public exhibitions and other media, and how particular myths have evolved.
  5. Use specific events to explain central themes in Australian history.

Indicative Assessment

- The exhibition review essay (20%) 1,000 words (20%) will assess Learning Outcome 4. It is designed to encourage students to explore the resources of Canberra's museums, galleries, libraries and archives, as well as to think critically about the public presentation of history;

- The topic essay 2,500 words (30%) will assess Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4. It is designed to develop reading comprehension, analytical and writing skills;

- The final exam (40%) will assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5. It will test skills of synthesis, comprehension and argument;

- Tutorial participation will assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5. It builds analytical and oral communication skills (10%).

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This course will be delivered through (streamed) lectures and face-to-face tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST1203

Prescribed Texts

Stuart Macintyre, A Concise History of Australia (Cambridge)




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3090
2008 $3090
2007 $3090
2006 $3090
2005 $3090
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3201 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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