• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course investigates European settlement in Australia, with particular emphasis on convicts and settlers, from the decade of Cook's discovery to the eve of Federation. Major themes include the Enlightenment’s role in shaping the Australian colonies, the characteristics and changing economy of a 'settler society', contacts between Europeans and Aborigines, issues of race and gender on the frontier, the nature of the convict system, land possession and dispossession, and class relations for both free and unfree labour. We shall also consider lawlessness and violence, the ‘Australian legend’, the Gold Rush, the development of white settler society and self-government, and Australia's global connections.

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. Discuss and analyse the major events and themes in Australian history from the 1770s to the 1870s;
  2. Evaluate complex primary and secondary sources and reflect on them as historical evidence;
  3. Undertake extended research tasks and locate primary source material on 19th century Australian history;
  4. Think, argue and write about the major changes in Australia’s first hundred years; and,
  5. Engage with other students in intellectually productive and respectful ways, and present an argument orally in class.

Other Information

This course can be counted towards a History or Australian Studies major.

Indicative Assessment

A research essay of 3,000 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]

Either a synoptic essay of 2,000 words or a final examination (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]

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Workload

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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6128.

Prescribed Texts

Jan Kociumbas, The Oxford History of Australia Vol. 2 1770-1860

Preliminary Reading

Jan Kociumbas, The Oxford History of Australia Vol. 2 1770-1860

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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