Australia in the Twentieth Century

Course code HIST1020Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

A survey of Australian history in the twentieth century. The main themes of social, economic and political history will be studied along with Australia's development of international relations. Students will have ample opportunity to specialise in areas of interest.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesStudents will be expected to: demonstrate an understanding of the key substantive issues in the history of Australian in the twentieth century, analyse documents and a variety of source materials, recognise the different themes, theories and methodologies in the study of history, synthesise sources in oral and written form.
ContentThe course traces Australian history over the course of the twentieth century. The key themes will deal with the development of Australian society and culture, the main political issues, Australians at war on the home front and abroad, foreign affairs and defence policy. There will also be an assessment of major turning points in Australian history. Topics to be covered may include: the White Australia policy, the First World War and the ANZAC legend, the 1920s, the Great Depression, the Second World War, Postwar reconstruction and Australian industrialization, the Cold War and the Petrov affair, the Menzies years and atomic testing, decolonisation - Australia and Indonesia, Australian society in the sixties, protest and dissent, the Whitlam Government and its dismissal, Australia as an Asian nation.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class15%
Essays / Written Assignments70%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 15%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term