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Australia is a migrant nation, with a rich and diverse mix of peoples, languages and cultures. In Migrant Families, we trace the journeys of ancestors who migrated to and from Australia and New Zealand, and place their lives in the context of global migration over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We explore the ways governments have shaped populations through migration and citizenship law and policy, and consider how these might have affected your ancestors’ lives. Migrant Families develops your archival research skills in the digital age. We explore where and how to find migration records (in Australia, New Zealand and overseas) and how to use them effectively to tell your family’s migration story. The unit builds on historical research and writing skills developed in the Foundation-level Family History units.

Summary 2021

Unit name Migrant Families
Unit code HAA108
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr. Kate Bagnall

Teaching staff

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Use appropriate technologies to locate, identify and access historical records relating to migration and citizenship.
  2. Read, interpret and evaluate historical information found in migration and citizenship records.
  3. Research and write a biographical non-fiction account of an individual or family’s experience of migration.
  4. Situate individual lives within the wider history of migration, particularly in relation to Australia and New Zealand.



Teaching Pattern

Independent learning (6 hours; weekly)
Online class


Task 1: Four online quizzes, total 40 questions (40%)

Task 2: Document analysis, 500 words or less (20%)

Task 3: Essay, 1000 words excluding references (40%)

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