Colonial Experiment: Australian History 1788-1918 is an online unit offered by Open Universities Australia through the University of South Australia that delves deep into the history of Australia’s colonial history. Students will learn about the effects of European settlement, the colonisation of indigenous lands, and the impact this has had on the lives of the indigenous people of Australia.
The unit takes a holistic look at Antipodean history and culture, covering some of the most important events in the memory of this vast island, right up until the traumatic events of World War I. The unit is very much an examination of the historical context of the development of Australia as a country, but it also attempts to answer questions about the changing nature of national identity and the role of indigenous peoples in the politics of the nation as it stands today.
There are no prerequisites for this unit, so anyone can apply.
Areas of study
A weekly guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
By completing this online unit you can expect to gain a thorough, in-depth understanding of the relationships between indigenous peoples and European settlers throughout Australian history, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of how this relationship has shaped the politics, culture and national identity of Australia.
The course unit will also allow you to cultivate a fairly comprehensive idea of what colonialism is and why it was so important in shaping not just Australia, but the world, throughout the 19th century and into the 20th.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Colonial Experiment: Australian History 1788-1918 from University of South Australia.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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