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

This course examines the history of Australia from European settlement in 1788 to Federation in 1901. It places the history of colonial Australia in its context within the British Empire; it also places Australia's story within the broader developments of the nineteenth century, including industrialisation and the development of nationalism. Topics for consideration might include; transnational ideas and culture; the impact of the industrial revolution and economic change; migration and the movement of peoples across the globe (including non-European migration); the impact of European settlements on indigenous and colonial populations; and the growth of modern states and nationalism.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of colonial Australia and its place in the broader British world and empire;
  2. Identify key features of 19th century colonial Australian and British imperial society and culture;
  3. Explain how the world changed over the period 1780-1900;
  4. Undertake historical research using primary and secondary sources and produce written pieces demonstrating historical analysis and argument; and,
  5. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of at least two selected topics within the course (as demonstrated in essay assessment pieces). 

Indicative Assessment

Participation in on-line forums and exercises - 20% [LO 1, 2,3]

Essay  1 - 40% - 2500 words [LO 1, 3, 4 and 5]

Essay  2 - 40% - 2500 words [LO 1, 3, 4 and 5]


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130 hours, including working through the learning package and e-readings, participating in online activities, and completing assessment. An optional set of seminars comprising 7 hours in total may be included by students as part of their 130 hours of study.

Prescribed Texts

A learning package / set of e-readings will be supplied at the beginning of the semester.

It is also recommended that students purchase Stuart Macintyre, A concise history of Australia, 1999.


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 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
3503 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A
4448 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online N/A

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