This subject provides students with an insight into Australia’s rich and diverse past and the ways with which it has shaped the country, the nation and its people. The first half of the subject introduces the people who occupied a land which – for millennia – eluded European imagination. Students learn about Australian Indigenous social networks, belief systems and cultural practices. This part of the subject also examines the impacts of British settlement on the continent’s first inhabitants. The second half of the subject discusses the nature of the colonial society established by the British on the continent, the contribution of diverse groups to the emergence of colonial politics, identity, and the nation. The subject concludes by considering the extent and nature of progress that has occurred during human habitation of the continent.
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1. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key aspects of Australian history from Indigenous occupancy to the present day
2. Identify and analyse critical elements of the Australian Indigenous and colonial histories; and the ways with which it has shaped the Australian nation and its identity
3. Evaluate, synthesise and communicate the insights into Australia’s past and the way it has shaped the identity of the nation and its people
4. Demonstrate autonomous and responsible interpretations of new facts on the history of Australia and its people, through applying the knowledge and skills gained in the subject
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