Australia 1788-1900: The Fatal Shore?

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australia 1788-1900: The Fatal Shore?

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, European Studies, Government, History, Political Science, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    This course examines the history of Australia from colonisation to Federation. It takes as its starting point the various ways in which Australia?s fascinating early history has been sensationalised, glorified, suppressed, sterilised, whitewashed and ?normalised? in film, novel, painting, journalism and history, and seeks to examine the historical record in light of such representations. It explores the complex webs of interaction between Imperial policy, Indigenous resistance and the political ideals and personal ambitions of successive waves of immigrants who shaped and reshaped colonial societies. In 1788 a small contingent of British convicts and military men built a village on the coast of Eora country, naming it in honour of the Home Secretary, Lord Sydney; by 1901 settlers all over the continent were coming to identify as a nation, imagined within a British Imperial framework that excluded Indigenous people and Asians.
    This course will examine the processes underpinning this transformation: the dynamics of convict societies and their legacies; the on-going contests for land; the place of sexuality and gender relations in shaping everyday life and political movements; Eureka, the goldfields and struggles for democracy in history and memory; ?coloured? labour and the development of White Australia; working class politics; and the legends of the 1890s.

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.


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