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

This course provides a fresh introduction to Australian history since 1788. We will cast aside many of the traditional assumptions about Australian history, and seek to replace them with new angles of vision on the main episodes and the large and varied cast of women and men who have shaped this nation from its contested beginnings. The course uses three main approaches:

  • interrogating myths and legends in the light of historical evidence;
  • 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 changing ideas of femininity and masculinity have shaped Australians' lives.

Using these three approaches, the course surveys the making and meaning of Australian history over more than two centuries.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reflect on and discuss a wide range of events in, and aspects of, Australian history;
  2. Analyse important episodes and themes in Australian history using a range of individual life stories;
  3. Analyse the ways changing ideas of gender (both masculinities and femininities) have shaped Australian history and vice versa;
  4. Present an argument about how Australian history is presented in public exhibitions and other media, and how particular myths have evolved; and
  5. Explain central themes in Australian history using specific events.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Exhibition review essay 1,000 words (15%) Learning Outcome 4. (15) [LO null]
  2. Topic essay 2,500 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 5. (25) [LO null]
  3. Exam (in final exam period), 2 hours (plus minutes reading) (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5. (50) [LO null]
  4. Tutorial participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5. (10) [LO null]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level History (HIST) courses.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6244.

Prescribed Texts

Not required



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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3494 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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