Australia and the South Pacific

Course code HIST3052Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course focuses on the history of Australia and islands of the southwest Pacific - notably New Zealand, Fiji, and New Caledonia - from pre-European contact to the post-colonial nation. The principal themes to be explored include: race, culture and identity; imperialism, colonisation and decolonisation; land, labour and migrant workforces. The approach taken is both chronological and thematic, and introduces students to comparative tools of analysis in studying history.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesStudents who complete this course should be able to:
1. understand key aspects of the colonising process in Australia, New Zealand and selected islands of the southwest Pacific, and place the histories of these countries within a wider context of imperialism and post-colonialism;
2. understand the treatment of, and reponses by, Indigenous peoples and migrant peoples under the impact of colonialism and in a post-colonial age;
3. demonstrate the ability to conduct research independently, and to express clear informed arguments, either orally or in writing, on aspects of Australia and the southwest Pacific.
4. demonstrate skills in comparative and/or transnational history.
ContentCourse focuses on the history of Australia and selected islands of the southwest Pacific - notably New Zealand, Fiji, and New Caledonia - from pre-European contact to the post-colonial nation. The principal course themes are as follows:
a) Culture contact between Indigenous peoples and Europeans in the age of imperialism;
b) The historical construction of race and identity in the European colonisation of the southwest Pacific;
c) The role of land, labour and immigrant workforces in supporting colonisation;
d) State policies and indigenous resistance;
e) Race, politics and reconciliation in the post-colonial nation.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3052
TransitionStudents who have already completed HUMA3052 cannot enrol in HIST3052.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is expected that students will have completed 20 units at first year level in History courses.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch Essay 45% -Students are required to either select a question contained in the course outline or to formulate their own question subject to the approval of the course coordinator. The task involves detailed work on a particular theme or issue using a combination of primary and secondary sources.
Essays / Written AssignmentsReflective essay - 35% - This essay will require students to write a 1500 word paper on one question arising from major themes in the course.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial Participation 10% -Based on the students' contribution to, and evidence of preparation for weekly tutorials.
Presentations - TutorialAn oral presentation of tutorial paper (10%)
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks