Historical Consciousness, Public Memory, and Nation Building

Course code EDUC4809Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

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.
ContentThis 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.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Lecture
Integrated Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 - approx: 2,000 words

Literature review on topic related to issues in the development of historical consciousness.

Student may negotiate weighting of assignments. Assignment may contribute 40%, 50% or 60% to final mark.
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssignment 2 - approx: 2,000 words

Analysis of media artefact and critique of its representation of history, and its role in the construction of national mythology.

Student may negotiate weighting of assignments. Assignment may contribute 40%, 50% or 60% to final mark.
Contact HoursField Study: for 16 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Integrated Learning: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC4809