Australian History

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian History

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, History, Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview


    This subject provides a broad outline of Australia's political, economic and social formation. It begins with establishment of colonial Australia, the formative stages of white settlement, pastoral expansion and the impact on Australia's indigenous population. The arrival of people of non-European backgrounds is looked at leading to the development of Australian nationalism, political parties and Federation. Australia's involvement in world wars 1 and 2 are dealt with together with the post-war years, the White Australia Policy, the Menzies years, multiculturalism and the Vietnam War. The development of Aboriginal political movements leads us into major contemporary Aboriginal issues and an Australian republic. The course concludes by examining Australia's economic and cultural links to Asia, world terrorism, the US alliance and environmental concerns for the future of the continent.

    Learning Objectives
    1. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the history of Australia from Indigenous occupancy to the present day.
    2. Students will develop a range of critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as a strong knowledge base, which will allow them to become effective leaders in a range of fields.
    3. Students are encouraged to understand the historical dimensions of global issues and diversity in today's world.
    4. Students are expected to develop the ability to collect, analyze, and organize information and ideas and to convey those ideas clearly and fluently in written and spoken communication.
    5. Tutorials in particular will require students to interact effectively with others in order to work towards common outcomes.
    6. Students are encouraged to explore the way that historical argumentation can be used and misused in society.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.