Online course

HIST1051.3: Division and Defence

Understand the entanglement of the home and battle fronts across Australia's experience of the World Wars.

HIST1051.3: Division and Defence

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Why join the course?

This is the third 3-week course in the 12-week HIST1051 program. This program provides an introduction to Australian history. It treats the development of Australian society from Aboriginal antiquity to the present, through the lenses of convicts and colonialism; war and conflict; migration and multiculturalism; landscape and the environment; and the development of democratic institutions. The course looks to Australian history to contextualise issues in contemporary Australia and introduces the skills and approaches employed in the study of the Australian past.

What topics will you cover?

Topics in the HIST1051 program include:

  • Origins of Indigenous Australians
  • Traditional Aboriginal society
  • Background to the British colonisation of Australia
  • Convictism
  • Relations between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians
  • Land use, economy and political systems
  • Australia’s involvement in war in the twentieth century
  • Social and cultural changes of the twentieth century
  • Land Rights, the Stolen Generations, and Reconciliation
  • The impact of Australian geography on society and culture
  • The development of democratic institutions

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of Australian history or their historical skills. You need to have completed the two previous courses in the HIST1051 program to enrol.

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and #207 in the world (QS rankings, 2019).