Australia and the South Pacific

Course code HIST3052
Not available in 2015

Description

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.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

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:

  1. Culture contact between Indigenous peoples and Europeans in the age of imperialism;
  2. The historical construction of race and identity in the European colonisation of the southwest Pacific;
  3. The role of land, labour and immigrant workforces in supporting colonisation;
  4. State policies and indigenous resistance;
  5. Race, politics and reconciliation in the post-colonial nation.

Assumed Knowledge

It is expected that students will have completed 20 units at first year level in History courses.

Assessment Items

Essay: Research Essay

Essay: Reflective Essay

Presentation: Oral presentation of tutorial paper

Participation: Tutorial Participation

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Laboratory = film screening; held in weeks 3, 6, 9, 12

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term