Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Andrew Junor


This unit offers a critical examination of Australian people and culture from the earliest days of European settlement until the federation of the colonies in 1901 and the introduction of the White Australia policy. It explores the economic, social and cultural impact of colonisation and emigration on both newcomers and indigenous people; looking also at conflict over access to land, mineral wealth, political power and the control of working conditions; contests over the definitions, benefits and limitations of citizenship and at the fate of the family. It will also examine how artists, novelists, film-makers, politicians and historians have pictured Australia's colonial past.


Students successfully completing this unit will:

  1. Be able to identify the major economic, social and political developments in Australian colonial society between 1788 and 1901.
  2. Be able to distinguish between different historical interpretations of key aspects of colonial Australian history.
  3. Have developed skills in the critical analysis of various kinds of sources, especially primary sources for the study of Australian history.
  4. Have acquired solid writing and oral presentation skills.
  5. Have developed research and bibliographic skills.
  6. Students doing this unit at level 3 will also have developed skills in independent research.


Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.