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Australian Environmental History - MHIS202

Australian environmental history explores the multifaceted history of human interaction with the diverse natural environment of Australia from per-contact to now. Changing environmental patterns from Gondwanaland to climate change will be included, as will questions like the degree of Indigenous impact pre-contact to contemporary questions of sustainability. The approach will be thematic. Topics will include 'discovery' and settlement of the land and the emotional and practical responses to it, exploration and mapping, ideas about the interior and outback, the discovery of native flora and fauna, the 'bush', population debates, water, urban development and the rise of conservation, environmental and land rights movements. The unit will consider the connection between science, society and environment through an historical lens. While the methodology will be social history, it will draw on insights from a range of other disciplines including geography, politics, sociology, cultural studies and art.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

2018 - Next offered in 2018

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

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