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Australian Environmental History - MHIS202

Environmental history is about the relationship between culture and nature and in this unit we consider the ways in which nature has shaped the Indigenous and non-Indigenous experience in Australia from Gondwanaland to climate change. How has the land and sea, and the ecosystems they support, shaped our sense of who we are and how has this changed over time? What are the real and imagined constraints of the environment? What are the debates and the politics? What are the emotional and intellectual responses? The unit explores the interactions between natural, social, political and environmental processes across time. Themes include the first and second colonisations of the land, European visions, British settlement and agriculture, ideas about the interior and bush, the discovery of native flora and fauna, population debates, climate, water, urban development and the rise of the conservation, land rights and environmental movements. As a people unit it is open to all. In addition, it offers a case study and thematic approach to Australian History which complements MHIS109 and/or MHIS115.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (with on campus sessions)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Alison Holland

12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units) Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: People unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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