The Australian Experience

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Australian Experience

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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


    This course provides an introduction to Australian history and to the study of history at the tertiary level. It treats the development of Australian society from the arrival of Aboriginal peoples on the continent to the present, including the development of democratic institutions and the influence of geography; and introduces the skills and approaches employed in the study of the Australian past.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of major aspects of the history of Australia.

    2. Read primary and secondary texts critically and show an awareness of the contested nature of historical representation and the ability to engage in historical debates in tutorial discussions and in written assignments.

    3. Reflect on Australia's history, especially with regard to the ways in which Australians have reacted to their natural and social environments and the relationship of the past to the present in tutorial discussions and written assignments.

    4. Conduct basic research and express clear and informed arguments, orally in the tutorials and in writing the assessments.


    This course will focus on histories of Australia from the arrival of Aboriginal peoples to the present. Specific periods studied may vary from year to year. It will also treat the skills used by historians in the practice of their craft. Topics will include some or all of the following:
    Origins of Indigenous Australians
    Traditional Aboriginal society
    Background to the British colonisation of Australia
    Relations between Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians
    The Development of European Australian land use, economy and political system and cultures of food, clothing and the arts
    Australia's Involvement in War in the Twentieth Century
    Cultural Changes of the Twentieth Century including Americanisation and new Australian nationalism
    Land Rights, the Stolen Generation and Reconciliation
    The Impact of Australian Geography on its residents
    The Development of Democratic Institutions

    Assessment Items
    Essay: Research essay
    Written Assignment: Tutorial notes
    In Term Test: Class Test
    Essay: Short essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.