Foundations of Australian Society
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
This course considers the colonial foundations of Australian society, politics and culture, surveying Australian history until the time of Federation in 1901. We will be considering some of the major events, themes and aspects of the colonial period, and their significance for understanding Australia and Australians today.
This topic introduces you to the study of history at university. It aims to help you to develop the tools for "thinking historically" in several ways:
* By increasing your knowledge and understanding of the major themes and issues in Australian histories;
* By drawing your attention to the forces that shape our perception of the Australian past and how history is used in the present.
* By enabling you to recognise and critically evaluate the arguments you encounter in secondary historical works;
* By introducing you to some of the major varieties and approaches (methodologies) of historical study;
* By helping you to acquire some of the practical skills necessary for historical work, including library research, use of primary sources, and the ability to structure an historical argument;
* By fostering an atmosphere of respect for one another's perspectives, that encourages cooperative creative thinking.
The course is structured chronologically and covers a diverse range of topics that may include: Aboriginal antiquity; British imperialism; the whaling industries; convict women; frontier violence; the impact of the gold rushes; migration; sport; gender struggles; "White Australia"; and the environment.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term