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

This course will consider Australian histories. That is, it will consider different groups' (e.g. indigenous, migrant, women and men) lived experiences as well as their engagement with the Australian past; how they do so and for what reasons. Students will read in a range of historiographies, including the social, cultural, and transnational. They will also consider popular forms of history making (e.g. film, television, museum exhibition) and have the opportunity to use a diverse range of sources in their own work.

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. Speak, argue, and write about major trends in Australian historiography.
  2. Relate Australian historiographical developments to wider international trends in the writing of history.
  3. Identify and interpret a variety of primary sources.
  4. Design and execute a research project in Australian history.
  5. Provide and respond to feedback in the process of identifying and formulating solutions to complex historical questions.

Indicative Assessment

Class Participation: (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]

Source Review: 1500 words (10%) [Learning Outcome 3]

Research Proposal: 1500 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4]

Research Essay – draft version: 3500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

Research Essay – final version: 5000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of workshops; and b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Prescribed Texts

An e-brick consisting of primary material and scholarly essays will be compiled and made available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Clendinnen, Inga. The History Question: Who Owns the Past?, [Quarterly Essay Issue 23], Black Inc., Melbourne, 2006.

Davison, Graeme, John Hirst and Stuart Macintyre (eds), The Oxford Companion to Australian History, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1998.

Macintyre, Stuart and Anna Clark. The History Wars, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2003.

Bongiorno, Frank, The Sex Lives of Australians: A History, Black Inc., Collingwood, 2012

Bonyhady, Tim and Tom Griffiths (eds). Words For Country: Landscape & Language in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2002.

Griffiths, Tom. Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996.

McGrath, Ann. 'Born in the Cattle': Aborigines in Cattle Country, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1987.

Nugent, Maria. Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2005.

Read, Peter, Belonging: Australians, Place and Aboriginal Ownership, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2000.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5712
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $8160
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4973 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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