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Australian Environmental History - MHIS307

Australia is one of the oldest and driest continents on earth. It has a distinctive biology which has helped shape a distinctive Australian identity. This unit draws on the history of the Australian environment and human interactions with it to help students understand contemporary environmental questions. It is interdisciplinary, utilising the lenses of history, politics and the sciences, as well as art, to provide historical context for today. Themes include Indigenous relationships to land, European ideas about ‘the antipodes’, discovery and settlement, agriculture, ideas about the interior and the bush, the discovery of native flora and fauna, population debates, water, climate and weather, urban development, the beach and the rise of conservation, environmental and land rights movements.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

TBD - Not offered in the current year; next offering is to be determined

Staff Contact(s): Dr Alison Holland

39cp at 100 level or (6cp in MHIS or HIST or POL units at 200 level including 3cp in MHIS unit) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): MHIS202
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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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