Australian History

Subject HIST20066 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture per week for 12 weeks and eleven 1-hour tutorials scheduled across the semester
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 8.5 hours per week including class time: total time commitment 102 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Andrew May

Subject Overview:

This subject will provide a broad survey of Australian history from the late eighteenth century to the present day. It will look back at some of the major events and central themes that have shaped the nation's history. We will consider transformations wrought by colonisation, war, immigration, social and cultural movements, urbanisation and the environment. Topics covered include convict society, gold and democracy, race and colonialism, nationalism, city life, identity politics, and ANZAC and its legend. We will also examine how such changes have reshaped the everyday lives of Australians, their relationships to the past, and their self-conceptions. In this way, the subject will nourish a fuller understanding of the problems of the present, and also of the Australia that might come to be.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will

  • be familiar with historical developments in Australia from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century
  • recognize the relationships between histories, social memories and identities in Australia
  • critically reflects on how a range of texts, historical methodologies and theoretical frameworks may enhance understandings of contemporary Australian experiences
  • develop skills in historical and cultural analysis and research

An archive assignment 1000 words 20% (due mid semester), a research essay 2500 words 70% (due end of semester) and a tutorial journal 500 words 10% (due end of semester).

Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, no late assessment will be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject will

  • develop research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources
  • demonstrate critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument
  • be able to think in theoretical terms through engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements
  • develop a critical self-awareness, and be open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument
  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion
  • have developed written communication skills through essay preparation and writing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Studies

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