Courses & Units

Australia 1788 to 1901 HTA206




This unit examines the history of the Australian people and culture from early European settlement to the federation of the colonies and the making of a nation. Explores Indigenous and settler contact, British imperial governance, Indigenous resistance, and the social and political ideals of immigrants who shaped new colonial societies. The unit will examine convict societies and their legacies; the place of gender, race, and class in shaping everyday life and political movements; the Eureka uprising, the goldfields and struggles for democracy; the politics of White Australia; and the growth of nationalism in the late nineteenth century. Students will develop a familiarity with major historiographical debates using a creative and diverse range of sources including primary documents, objects, film, and visual culture


Unit name Australia 1788 to 1901
Unit code HTA206
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Associate Professor Penny Edmonds

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $1,671.00 090305

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25 points at Introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HTA240, HTA340


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture per week, 1 x 50 minute tutorial per week.


1000-word reflective assignment on a primary document or object story (20%)

2,000-word major essay (40%)

3 x Quizzes (30%)

Tutorial participation (10%)

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