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History of Australia

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.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th

Suggested credit: 1 full semester World History or Australian History


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

Materials and Homework

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.

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