Australian History

Course code EPHUMA303Units 20English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesBy the end of this course the student will:
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.
ContentTopics 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
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 15%
Essays contribute to course objectives. In particular, students will develop and display competency in the academic skills of topic analysis, research, note taking, critical reading and construction and presentation of a written argument, utilising appropriate technologies.
Examination: FormalFinal examination, in the University examination period, 50%

Develops and displays the capacity for individual research and academic skills.
Assesses overall proficiency in this course.
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssignment 1 (Library Exercise) 10%
Essay Plan & Bibliography
ProjectsWorkbook 10%
Quiz - ClassClass test 15%
Contact HoursLecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPHUMA303