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Malcolm C. Campbell
HIST 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in History

Examines special topics in history.

Class description

HIST 290, History of Australia 1788-present, is an upper-division, undergraduate course on Australian History. It explores the foundations of European settlement in Australia, relations between Europeans and indigenous Australians from first contact, the intensification of settlement across the Australian continent during the colonial period (1788-1900), and the emergence of the modern Australian nation after 1901. Three particular themes will be emphasized in particular. First, close attention will be given to the role of bigotry—racial, religious, ethnic, and gender-based—in Australian life. Second, the course will consider European Australians’ attempts over two centuries to come to terms with the legacies of the dispossession of indigenous Australians. Finally, the important role of the state in Australian life will be examined.

Student learning goals

Students have an understanding of the major social, cultural, political and economic developments in Australian life from the late eighteenth century to the present;

Students will have reflected upon and have an understanding of the way historians have shaped knowledge of Australia’s past, and be familiar with some of the principal debates between Australia’s historians..

Students will have broadened their research and analytical skills through a study of Australian history.

Students will have demonstrated the ability to present and discuss their ideas in a range of both written and oral forms

General method of instruction

Lectures and class discussion

Recommended preparation

This course assumes no prior knowledge of Australia or Australian history. Preparation might include reading the assigned textbook, Stuart Macintyre, A Concise History of Australia 2nd ed., (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Class assignments and grading

Course grades for HIST 290 will be calculated on the following assignments: 1. Short writing assignment about the primary-source reading on the convict system, due at the start of class on Thursday April 12, worth 15% of the total grade. 2. Midterm, blue-book essay exam taken in class on Thursday April 26, worth 20% of the total grade. 3. Research project of 10-12 pages, due at the start of class on Tuesday May 22, worth 30% of the total grade. 4. Final, blue-book essay exam taken during finals week, worth 25% of the total grade. 5. Participation in discussion, worth 10% of the total grade.

In evaluating papers and exams grades will be assigned based on the presence of an appropriate thesis or argument; the use of ample, specific evidence from the lectures and readings to support the argument; demonstration of a grasp of complex issues; and accuracy in presentation. Marks for contribution to discussion will reflect the quality and quantity of contributions made in class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christine Park Pollock
Date: 01/19/2007