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HIS1001 Australian Colonies to Federation, 1788-1901

Semester 2, 2021 Springfield On-campus
Short Description: Australian Colonies
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jayne Persian

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course is designed to introduce students to the historical study of Australia. It is useful foundation for those intending to become secondary school teachers of History and SOSE but also for those intending to major in history. It stimulates students’ awareness of the problem of bias in sources and introduces them to ways historians have responded to this dilemma. It is also useful as an introduction to the themes of Australian history for those studying Australian Studies or international students wanting an introduction to the historical foundations of contemporary Australia.


This course offers students a narrative history from colonial Australia to Federation and from Invasion to White Australia. It introduces students to Australia's central social, economic and political themes: Indigenous dispossession and resistance, and the settler revolution, as well as movements towards democracy, universal education and better living standards. The course begins with an overview of the long history of Australia, moving toward a consideration of the perspectives on nationalism.. It is intended to enhance students' content knowledge of Australia as well as to develop skills in research methods, historical interpretation and written presentation.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of themes in Australian history up to 1942;
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by analysing and evaluating primary sources;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the interpretive nature of the Australian past;
  4. demonstrate written and oral communication skills by preparing and presenting information clearly and accurately and in conformity with the practices of the discipline;
  5. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills by finding and applying appropriate sources of evidence, and by adhering to norms of academic integrity.


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is Australian studies? 4.00
2. Pre-European society 12.00
3. Convictism 12.00
4. Economic development 12.00
5. Nineteenth century ideologies 12.00
6. Class alignments 12.00
7. Imperial relations 12.00
8. The state and war 12.00
9. Economic depression 12.00

Text and Materials

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Students are to purchase or access online via USQ Library: Macintyre, S & Basford, A. 2013, ‘The Cambridge history of Australia’, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MAJOR ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 30 35 01 Oct 2021
TUTORIAL DISCUSSION 10 10 22 Oct 2021 (see note 1)
ONLINE EXAMINATION 45 40 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. Students must participate in and contribute to 14 weekly discussions. Discussions for on-campus students should be completed in class; online students must answer 14 weekly discussion forum posts.
  2. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other Requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 8 November 2021