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​Did the First Australians invent bread? What was the nature of Australia's ‘discovery’? How did Truganini come to be seen as the ‘last’ Tasmanian? What was Australia's convict legacy? Was Ned Kelly a hero or a villain? This unit will deepen your knowledge of Tasmanian and Australian history, from the world of the First Australians to the early 20th century. Key historical thinking concepts of perspective, significance, interpretation, and contestability will guide your research as you use inquiry learning to investigate some of the myths and mysteries that make Tasmanian and Australian history controversial, contested and engaging. We will also focus on representations of Australia’s past in the present.​

Summary 2021

Unit name Myths and Mysteries of Australian History
Unit code EPR302
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine key controversies and debates in Australian history that are suited to teaching Years K-6 of the Australian Curriculum.
  2. Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge by analysing and evaluating primary and secondary sources suitable for teaching Australian history in K-6 educational contexts.
  3. Communicate effectively by demonstrating literacy across a broad range of communication modes and technologies suitable for K-6 educational contexts.




Task 1: Weekly quizzes, 500 words (10%)

Task 2: Multimodal presentation, 1500 words (40%)

Task 3: Essay, 1000 words (25%)

Task 4: Critique, 1000 words (25%)

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