Historical Consciousness, Public Memory, and Nation Building

Course code EDUC4809
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

This course is concerned with the role of schools, museums, films, novels, websites, textbooks, and other media in the development of historical consciousness. It will explore frameworks for understanding the development of historical consciousness in children and young adults, and the part History education, political debate, and the cultural industries play in the construction or revision of public memory as an important aspect of nation building.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically engage with issues in the development of historical consciousness.

2. Critically evaluate the role of schools, museums, films, novels, websites, textbooks, or other media in the construction of historical consciousness.

3. Discuss the social, cultural and political implications of history education and/or the cultural industries for nation building.

Content

This course introduces students to:

  1. Concepts of historical consciousness.
  2. Frameworks for understanding the development of historical consciousness.
  3. The politics of public memory.
  4. Important debates in Australian History.
  5. The role of schools, museums, films, novels, websites, textbooks, and other media in the construction of historical consciousness.
  6. Cultural Industries and History Education as nation building technologies.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Site Study & Literature Review

Exhibition / Poster: Museum Exhibition

Contact Hours

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 16 hour(s) per Term

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Term

Course delivered in intensive mode, may include podcast lectures throughout the semester, or face-to-face lectures during the intensive at the coordinator's discretion. Contact will include off-campus excursions to museums or other cultural sites.