• 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, in the context of the development of the settler empire within the British World. It explores colonial Australia in relation to the British Empire, as well as connecting this story to global history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Topics for consideration include relations between settlers and Indigenous people; transformations in government; changes in information, knowledge and technology; the development of colonial nationalisms; the peopling of the settler empire; environmental impacts; and the representation of colonial Australia in museums today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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 18th- and 19th-century colonial Australian and British imperial society and culture;
  3. undertake historical research using primary and secondary sources and produce written pieces demonstrating historical analysis and argument; and
  4. demonstrate in-depth understanding of at least two selected topics within the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Analysis of Online Historical Resources 1: 800 words (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Analysis of Online Historical Resources 2: 800 words (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Research Essay 1: 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research Essay 2: 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 seminars and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and,

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Reading will be available via Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Especially students who have studied little Australian or Imperial History will find the following useful:

Stuart Macintyre, Concise History of Australia (Cambridge University Press) Latest edition

Mark Peel and Christina Twomey, A History of Australia (Springer) Latest edition

John Darwin, The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World System, 1830-1970 (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

James Belich, Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld, 1783-1939 (Oxford University Press, 2009)

CA Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons (Blackwell, 2004)


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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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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
3647 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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