Online course in History

Great South Land: Introducing Australian history

Get an introduction to Australian history starting with Aboriginal deep time. Explore convictism, colonialism and more.

Great South Land: Introducing Australian history

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
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This course is part of the program The Australian Experience, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Find out more.

Travel back in time to discover Australian history.

On this course you will take a journey through Australian history. You will examine a range of periods and topics including Aboriginal deep time history, transportation and convictism and colonialism.

This course will also introduce you to the skills and approaches used in the academic study of history – especially the study of Australian history – and help you to understand issues in contemporary Australia in context

What topics will you cover?

  • Traditional Aboriginal society
  • Background to the British colonisation of Australia
  • Convictism
  • Relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Apply a developing understanding of core historical concepts.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of key themes, events, and people in the history of Australia’s First Nations and the early decades of European occupation of the continent.
  • Interpret the Australian past within a local and global context.
  • Explain the contested nature of Australia’s early European history.
  • Identify foundational scholarly sources (primary and secondary, oral and written) relating to Australia’s early history.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of Australian history or their historical skills.

Who will you learn with?

Kate Ariotti

Kate Ariotti

Dr Kate Ariotti is a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Kate is an expert in the history of Australians at war, and loves studying and teaching Australian History.

Nancy Cushing

Nancy Cushing

I am an Associate Professor of History at the University of Newcastle and have been teaching Australian history since 1992. I am looking forward to taking our course to the online world.

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle Australia

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, 2020).

  • Established1965
  • LocationNewcastle, Australia
  • World rankingTop 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

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How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program The Australian Experience, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts.