This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
In this careful study of Australia’s vibrant history, your student will begin with early indigenous prehistory and move through European discovery, colonialism, civil rights, the role of the Catholic Church, and more.
This course is a general study of the political history of Australia. It will cover pre-European aboriginal culture and settlements, the arrival of Europeans, the colonization of Australia, the period of colonial self-government, the growth of Australian democracy towards Dominion status, Australia in world affairs, and contemporary issues in Australian society. We will also discuss the role of the Catholic Church in Australian history.
Week 1: Early Indigenous Prehistory
Week 2: European Discovery and Settlement
Week 3: The Establishment of the Colonies
Week 4: Colonial Society
Week 5: Colonial Self-Government
Week 6: The Commonwealth: 1901-1929
Week 7: The Commonwealth: 1929-1945
Week 8: The Liberal Age (1949-1972)
Week 9: The Indigenous Peoples’ Civil Rights Movement
Week 10: Labor Resurgence and Realignment (1972-1996)
Week 11: Australia in the post-Cold War era
Week 12: Contemporary Issues in Australian Society
Course materials: All course materials will be provided FREE by the instructor.
Homework: Homework will consist of weekly readings provided by the instructor as well as weekly online quizzes graded automatically by computer for immediate feedback to the student. Estimated time commitment per week is 1.5 hours outside of class.