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HIST 236 History of Australia • 5 Cr.


Examines the history of Australia from the first human inhabitants 40,000 years ago through the long and difficult process to become the modern continent nation of Australia. Attention is given to the various groups who have migrated to Australia, the exploration and colonization of the continent, the gold rushes and bushrangers, the creation of a federation, and the emergence of the modern Australian nation during the 20th century. Fulfills social science or humanities course requirement, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand the historical development of Australia
  • Identify and recognize events that are uniquely Australian
  • Place Australian history within the larger context of World and Regional history
  • Critically and aesthetically evaluate the development of a uniquely Australian culture
  • Recognize cultural distinction between Australian and American history
  • Identify characteristics that link Australian culture to other British-based national cultures
  • Recognize the international nature of modern Australia

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