HST201 Colonial Australia (8)

This subject takes a thematic and chronological approach to Australian history with a strong emphasis on social history. In particular, it surveys many of the events, debates and developments that have shaped Australian history from 1788 to 1900.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST201. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate expanded knowledge of colonial Australian history;
  • be able to demonstrate their awareness of the range of events, debates and developments that have shaped Australian history from 1788 to 1900;
  • be able to assess and interpret evidence drawn from a range of sources;
  • be able to demonstrate their capacity to use primary sources in archives and libraries;
  • be able to demonstrate enhanced competencies for critical thinking and expression;


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • 'Bound for Botany Bay': the convict experiment
  • The Foundation of a British Colony: the debate
  • The Appropriation of a New Land
  • The Colonists (1819-1842)
  • The Political and Cultural Transformation of the Colonies to 1850
  • Gold Fever and the Impact of the Eureka Stockade
  • Colonial Australia and "The Long Boom" (1860-1890)
  • The Changing Shape of Colonial Society (1860-1900)
  • The Development of an 'Australian' Culture (1860-1900)
  • Colonial Power Relations (1860-1900)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HST201 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Topic source file
Formal essay
Tutorial task journal

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.