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AUST11-101: Australia: Dreamtime to Dust


This subject outlines Australia's natural and human development. Students learn about continental origins, the oldest life forms yet found on Earth, the origin and adaptation of marsupial fauna and the drying of the continent. The subject also explores the story of the oldest continuous human culture in the world; the Indigenous Australians. Australia: Dreamtime to Dust examines Aboriginal art, social and belief systems and survival of Aboriginal culture after colonisation. This subject is valuable for students who wish to develop their understanding of the history of the continent and its first occupants. It also will be of interest to those passionate about History, Geography, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Anthropology, Archaeology, Palaeontology, and Social and Cultural Studies.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950

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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