Living in Colonial Australia (HSTY2619)


If "the past is a foreign country", how did people live in colonial Australia? Taking a fresh perspective on Australia's history by focusing on everyday life, we question our assumptions that Australia was settled by people not that different from ourselves. Considering the economic, social and cultural impact of colonization and exploring the contested aims of diverse groups within this emerging society, we will discover why colonial Australia was stranger and more fascinating than you ever imagined.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd Proposal (5%), 1x2500wd Essay (55%), 1x1.5hrs Formal Exam (30%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points of History or Ancient History or Asian Studies



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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.