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Australian history in a global context HTA206



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 the interaction between Imperial policy, Indigenous resistance and the political ideals and personal ambitions of immigrants who shaped and reshaped colonial societies. This unit will examine the dynamics of convict societies and their legacies; the contests for land; the place of gender relations in shaping everyday life and political movements; Eureka, the goldfields and struggles for democracy; the growth of cities; the development of White Australia; working class politics; and the growth of nationalism in the late nineteenth century. Students develop a familiarity with primary documents and major historiographical debates.


Unit name Australian history in a global context
Unit code HTA206
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Professor Stefan Petrow

Teaching staff

Professor Stefan Petrow

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


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

HTA240, HTA340


Teaching Pattern

On-campus:   2 lectures weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly

Off-campus:   Instructional package and study schools


On-campus:   2,500-word essay (40%), 500-word minor assignment (10%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr exam (40%)

Off-campus:  2,500-word essay (40%), 500-word minor assignment (10%), on-line participation (10%), 2-hr exam (40%)

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