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AUST11-101: Australia: Dreamtime to Dust


This subject outlines Australia's natural and human development: continental origins; the oldest life forms yet found on Earth; the origin and adaptation of marsupial fauna; the drying of the continent and the story of the oldest continuous human culture in the world - the Australian Aborigines. It examines Aboriginal art, social and belief systems and survival of Aboriginal culture after colonisation. It will be a valuable subject for students of History, Geography, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Anthropology, Archaeology, Palaeontology, and Social and Cultural Studies.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate their understanding of major stages in the physical and biological evolution of the Australian continent, the supercontinent Gondwana; Australia's oldest life forms on the planet; and Australia's dinosaurs, and megafauna
2. Identify key aspects of the story of human migration & evolution across the planet, as a prelude to the entry of the first people into Australia
3. Formulate and convey their understanding of the culture of the first Australians, their special relationship with the land, social and organisational networks, the notion of the 'Dreaming', Aboriginal art, and methods of hunting and gathering
4. Formulate autonomous and responsible judgement in understanding aspects of Indigenous cultures in Australia and globally.

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