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Australian History

Discovering Australia: From Pre-History to Colonies

  • Starts 30 July
  • 525 Australian dollars
  • Online

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Course Description This is the first course in a series of four courses on Australian history. Through classical education principles and a focus on Western civilisation, students analyse primary resources, engage in mapwork, and study key events. The course covers pre-history to the late 18th century. Students will examine ancient conceptions of the south, the lives of the Aborigines, and artifacts from pre-history Australia. They delve into the Age of Discovery, exploring explorers like Quiros, Torres, Janszoon, Tasman, and James Cook. They will consider the scientific revolution and the work of botanist Joseph Banks. Students will then study the early colonial period, including the First Fleet's voyage, Sydney's landing sites and the early settlement period, including key historical figures such as Arthur Phillip and Bennelong. Assessment methods include reading assignments, mapwork, primary source analysis, essays, and discussions. This course provides students with a solid understanding of Australian history, emphasizing classical education and Western civilisation. Prerequisites: History should not be study in isolation, but rather be seen as a continuum. Ideally students who undertake this course will have completed a grammar stage history course, having studied through the Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern historical periods. This course is aimed at students in the Logic phase (Grade 5-8). Course Materials: Students will need to purchase The Australian History Vol. 1 reader and Student Study guide from the Via Classica Website. The teacher edition would be beneficial for parents wanting to support students at home with this material. Students will need a headset microphone. Students will use Microsoft Teams to conduct online classes and they will need an email to engage with tutors. They will use Microsoft OneNote for course materials online. Course Sessions: This course will commence in the week starting 29 July. There are two one-hour sessions each week. These sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm (AEDT/AEST). There will be a term break from 30 September until 11 October. Classes resume in the week commencing 14 October. The final week of classes for this course will commence on 9 December. Classes will not run on Tuesday, 24 September, and Monday, 11 November. Instructor: Mrs. Elizabeth Matheson

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