Australian History

HIS20006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or Term

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


50 CP



Aims and objectives

This unit of study seeks to provide students with an understanding of the evolution of Australian history since 1788. With particular emphasis on the twentieth century students are introduced to the major political, economic and social events that have shaped Australian society. Students will gain an enhanced understanding of contemporary Australia and its place in the world.
After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the origins of Australia’s political democracy;
2. Locate, interrogate, and integrate primary and secondary source documents in the development of an argument;
3. Analyse and interpret key historiographical debates in Australia’s history;
4. Critically engage with discussions of change and continuity in Australian history;
5. Reflect on historical trends in Australian development that have shaped contemporary society.

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