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Australian Environmental History - MHIS202

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 politics and the sciences as well as art and literature to provide historical context for today. Themes include Indigenous relationships to land, European ideas about ‘the antipodes’, discovery and settlement, 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:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (On-campus sessions: None)

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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