Australian History

Description

Introduces students to the study of nineteenth and twentieth century Australian history at the tertiary level. Topics covered include race and gender relations, convict society, the growth of self-government, war and society and postwar developments. Emphasis is placed on academic skills, such as note taking, research, analysis, and essay writing, which are widely applicable to the tertiary study of history and to humanities courses in general.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Be introduced to, and be familiar with, the study of Australian history at the tertiary level

2. Be aware of a range of key ideas and events in Australian history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

3. Possess a set of conceptual tools with which to analyse and evaluate Australian History

4. Have practised note taking and effective listening skills in lectures

5. Be acquainted with the basic components and skills involved in the production and presentation of academic essays

6. Be familiar with and have practised the skills required for effective examination performance.

Content

Topics may include:

  • An introduction outlining the nature of history as a discipline, providing a course overview and some conceptual frameworks
  • Race relations in Australia in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, beginning with a consideration of pre-contact Aboriginal Australia
  • Convict society
  • Selected aspects of the history of gender relations in colonial Australia
  • The development of self-government in Australia until Federation
  • An overview and some conceptual frameworks for the study of twentieth century history
  • Race relations in Australia in the twentieth century
  • Selected aspects of the history of gender relations in twentieth century Australia
  • A consideration of war and society in twentieth century Australia
  • Postwar modernity

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essay Plan & Annotated Bibliography

Essay: Essay

Log / Workbook: Workbook

In Term Test: In-Class Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks