University of Newcastle Australia program

The Australian Experience

This program, HIST1051, introduces Australian history from pre-1788 to the present day.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

The Australian Experience

This program provides an introduction to Australian history. It treats the development of Australian society to the present through the lenses of Aboriginal deep time history; 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.

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We acknowledge the traditional owners upon whose ancestral lands the University of Newcastle campuses stand.


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The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Who will you learn with?

I'm a historian at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I research and write about the histories of Australia, especially surrounding conflict, mental health and masculinity.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Show a developing understanding of core historical concepts.

  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of key themes, events, and people in Australian history.

  3. Situate the Australian past within a local and global context.

  4. Recognise and explain why there are differing interpretations of Australian history.

  5. Use scholarly sources (both primary and secondary) to construct and communicate clear and informed arguments about Australian history.

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