• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Australian Studies, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course traces the history of Western exploration of the Americas, Australasia, Africa, Antarctica and beyond from the 18th to the 20th centuries. It will examine the ways in which Western travellers and explorers ventured out into the world beyond Europe, and how they sought to make sense of the environments and peoples they encountered. In this course we will study the diverse commercial, scientific, national, and personal motives explorers had for venturing out into uncharted parts of the world, including the search for imagined El Dorados as well as other fabled lands such as Terra Australis Incognita and Timbuktu. Themes covered in this course include: the interconnections between exploration and natural history including how 'specimens' collected by explorers influenced western scientific knowledge and taxonomy; the influence of technology and media on facilitating exploration and producing ever expanding audiences; and a critical evaluation of the idea of the 'lone explorer' by tracing how these travellers were self-fashioned, depicted in popular culture, and highlighting their often unacknowledged colleagues and intermediaries who assisted them.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate critical understanding of key themes and issues in the study of global exploration;
  2. explain the relationship between exploration and imperial interests in different national and regional contexts;
  3. examine and analyse primary sources to illuminate course themes;
  4. effectively communicate ideas both orally and in writing; and
  5. conduct independent research and analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Book Review (1200 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research essay (3000 words) (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Two-part quiz (10) [LO 1,2]
  4. Oral and/or written contribution to class activities (10) [LO 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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 convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6235.

Prescribed Texts

Weekly readings will be available through Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Driver, Felix, Geography Militant (2001)

Thomas, Martin, Expedition into Empire (2014)

Majors

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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

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