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AUST11-103: Australia: Surviving Colonialism and Beyond January 2020 [Standard]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:AUST11-103
Subject title:Australia: Surviving Colonialism and Beyond
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Participation in class discussion in weeks 1-6. 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Computer-aided Test (Closed) This mid-term test covers the material discussed in class in weeks 1-6. The test will take place in week 7, Wednesday, 6-7pm. 40% Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4.
Project Australian History: Researching a topic of your choice. (2000 words) 50% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to the subject. Indigenous Australia

1, 2, 3, 4.

Macassans, the Portuguese, the Dutch, Pirates and Cook. Background to, voyage, people and settlement of First Fleet. Why Sydney Harbour?

1, 2, 3, 4.

Land grabs, smallpox and other introduced diseases: the settlement of the continent and its impact on Indigenous communities

1, 2, 3, 4.

Early explorations and Indigenous contact. Settlers, massacres, Tasmanian debacle, outback settlement, missions.

1, 2, 3, 4.

The beginning of multiculturalism: the making of the nation: the Japanese, Chinese, Afghans, Irish, German and other communities

1, 2, 3, 4.

Stolen Generations, Reconciliation through Repatriation and the Rise of Indigenous Power

1, 2, 3, 4.

Lecture - Convict Australia; Tutorial - First Contact: locating and interrogating primary records of early contact using SETIS

1, 2, 3, 4.

Lecture - The Two Sides of the Frontier; Tutorial - Two Historical Debates: The Inevitability of a Free Society?, and The History Wars

2, 3, 4.

Lecture - Origins of a Radical Working Class; Tutorial - Critical Review Workshop and Model Proposal: Bushranger Mythologies and the film, "The Legend of Ben Hall"

2, 3, 4.

Lecture - Federation: a Social Experiment?; Tutorial - Project Proposals, and researching Women's Suffrage using Trove

2, 3, 4.

Lecture - The Meaning and Experience of War in Australia; Tutorial - Project Proposals, and researching Anzac experiences using the Australian War Memorial digital collection

2, 3, 4.

Lecture - The Rise and Demise and Rise Again of the White Australia Policy; Tutorial - Project Proposals, and identifying the truths, generalisations and subjectivities in immigrant autobiographies

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Nov 8, 2019. Edition: 2.1