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HIST331 Special Topic: Australia since 1788: Boundaries of Belonging

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. With a focus on ‘high politics’ and the ‘microhistories’ of specific communities, major themes include: diverse mobilities to colonial Australia; race and labour relations on colonial frontiers; immigration restriction; ideals of ‘assimilation’ targeted at Indigenous and migrant groups; and the more recent anxious border controls of the late-twentieth century.

Paper title Special Topic: Australia since 1788: Boundaries of Belonging
Paper code HIST331
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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36 200-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Dr Frances Steel -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Frances Steel


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

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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 since 1788
  • An appreciation of how practices of exclusion shape the development of national identity
  • Demonstrated an ability to evaluate debates and interpretations in modern Australian history

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
A2 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40