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HIST331 Special Topic: Australia since 1788: Boundaries of Belonging

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A cultural and political history of community formation and exclusion in Australia since 1788.

By exploring the 'boundaries of belonging', this paper examines key moments in Australian history where practices of inclusion and exclusion have been in tension, and how these moments have shaped the development of Australian identity. The paper also critically engages with the conceptual frameworks used to imagine and describe nations, and the formation of national identities.

Paper title Special Topic: Australia since 1788: Boundaries of Belonging
Paper code HIST331
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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18 200-level ARTH, ARTV or HIST points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Department of History and Art History

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Frances Steel


To be advised.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper students will have

  • Developed an advanced understanding of the historical processes and influences shaping community formation in Australia
  • Developed an appreciation of how practices of exclusion shape the development of national identity
  • Demonstrated an ability to evaluate the changing approaches to the construction and writing of national history

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
T2 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
T3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21