Australia and the World: 1788 to the Present

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australia and the World: 1788 to the Present

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, History

  • 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 - 6
  • Overview

    This course will introduce students to the key political, social and cultural events, people, and issues that helped shape Australian history. The changes and continuities in Australian history will be explored, allowing students to develop an ability to understand and critique different perspectives on the history of Australia. This course will help students to conceptualize as well as analyze the origins, narrative and impact of events in Australian history.

    Course Introduction
    From early concepts of Terra Australis and the richness of Aboriginal culture before the establishment of a convict colony by the British in 1788, through the transformation into an independent nation to modern-day multicultural Australia, this course will look at the confrontations and interactions, the changes and continuities, the successes and failures that have shaped a nation. Themes of particular interest include the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians; the convict experience; life in the early colony; Australian experiences of war; and the political, social and cultural changes that have helped shape and reshape contemporary Australia.

    Course Aims
    Australia and the World is designed to introduce students to a range of viewpoints on the major political, social and cultural events, people and issues shaping Australian history to the present day.

    From the late eighteenth through to the twenty-first century, we follow debates over early settlement and interactions with Indigenous populations, the convict system, frontier society and pioneering, the Gold Rushes, debates over Federation and images of the new nation. In the twentieth century, we investigate whether war was a significant factor in forming national identity, as well as the forces of change since the 1950s that have seen Australia develop into a multicultural society.

    The course aims to develop the ability of students to understand and critique different perspectives on these events and issues, and to impart an understanding of major developments in Australian cultural, social and political history. It aims to demonstrate the importance of understanding different perspectives on the past when defining national identity, understanding the formation of major Australian structures and institutions, and for understanding the possibilities for change. It seeks to develop a sense of informed citizenship among Australians and an introduction to the Australian past for newcomers.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Critique the different perspectives on the major developments in Australian cultural, social and political history when defining national identity, the formation of national structures and institutions.
    2  Critically analyse the forces of change that have seen Australia develop into a multicultural society.
    3  Present your analysis of debates on Australian history to peers.
    4  Source, organize, critically evaluate and interpret information from valid academic references to construct and support an argument.

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.