Ireland Down Under

Subject 673-396 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of second-year history
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Elizabeth Malcolm


Elizabeth Malcolm

Subject Overview: The Irish were a founding people in Australia from 1788. Indeed, in terms of their proportion of the population, the Irish were more significant in Australia during the 19th century than in any other country to which Irish immigrants went, including the USA. This subject will investigate why the Irish, both Catholics and Protestants, migrated to Australia; where they went on arrival; how they lived; how they were viewed by the non-Irish population; and the influence that they had on the political, social, religious, economic and cultural life of Australia. The subject invites students to consider stereotypes of the Irish as ‘bad and mad’, but it also assesses the Irish contribution to the law, education, medicine and literature. Students will engage with issues of class, race and gender. The subject as well utilises local sources and allows students to explore Irish influences in their own families or localities. The subject aims to assist students to assess the distinctive contribution made by the Irish to the development of Australian identities and values.
  • appreciate the contribution made by Irish immigrants and their descendants to the development of Australian life, identity and culture;
  • understand key concepts in migration studies and debates surrounding Irish migration;
  • acquire the skills to undertake research in local and family history.
Assessment: A document essay of 1500 words 40% (due mid semester), a research essay of 2500 words 50% (due at the end of the semester) and tutorial participation 10%. Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to be pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Studies Major
History Major

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