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AIA106 - Populate Or Perish: Australia's People

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Pinto




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit will examine the contemporary make-up of the Australian population before examining just how this came to be. The numbers and locations of Indigenous Australians will be contrasted with the non-Indigenous population. Subsequent topics will examine the various waves of immigration that made up the 19th century Australian population – from convicts to gold rush inflows – to then focus on migration and settlement policies from 1901. Analysing the making of white Australia, then British, European and then Asian Australia/ns will involve policy, push and pull factors as well as popular attitudes and cultures. Contemporary debates over refugees, asylum seekers, social exclusion, racism and the carrying capacity of the nation will conclude the unit.


Class e-reading participation 20% -750 words

Annotated Bibliography 20% - 750 words

Essay 40% - 1500 words

Exam 20% - up to 1000 words

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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