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University of Newcastle

Great South Land: Introducing Australian History

University of Newcastle via FutureLearn


Travel back in time to discover Australian history.

On this course you will take a journey through Australian history. You will examine a range of periods and topics including Aboriginal deep time history, transportation and convictism and colonialism.

This course will also introduce you to the skills and approaches used in the academic study of history – especially the study of Australian history – and help you to understand issues in contemporary Australia in context

This course is for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of Australian history or their historical skills.


  • Aboriginal Deep Time History
    • Why Study Australian History?
    • When Does Australian History Start?
    • A Bundjalung Person's View
    • What about Newcastle?
    • Concluding the Week
  • First Contact
    • Introducing the Week
    • Dispossession and Possession
    • 'Founding' Botany Bay
    • Concluding the Week
  • The Convict Experience
    • Introducing the Week
    • From the British Isles to the Australian Colonies
    • Order & Disorder in the Colonies
    • Concluding the Course

Taught by

Monty King


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