Australia and the South Pacific
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.
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On successful completion of the course students will 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.
Course 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:
- Culture contact between Indigenous peoples and Europeans in the age of imperialism;
- The historical construction of race and identity in the European colonisation of the southwest Pacific;
- The role of land, labour and immigrant workforces in supporting colonisation;
- State policies and indigenous resistance;
- Race, politics and reconciliation in the post-colonial nation.
It is expected that students will have completed 20 units at first year level in History courses.
Essay: Research Essay
Essay: Reflective Essay
Presentation: Oral presentation of tutorial paper
Participation: Tutorial Participation