Australian Cities in Context

Course code HIST3055Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Encourages reflection on the nature of history, historical representation and the process of making histories through the examination of Australian urban history and historiography. The history of Australian cities, their origins and development and the varieties of lives in them will be introduced, with reference to the long neglect of cities in favour of the Bush. Seminars will further develop understandings of Australian cities through the close study of texts relating to issues such as images of cities, inter urban competition and gender and ethnicity in cities.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. Ability to analyse primary sources relating to Australian urban history
2. Ability to assess secondary texts in terms of historical accuracy, author's point of view and credibility
3. Ability to comprehend and apply theories of urban growth and development to Australian cities
4. Research skills associated with investigation of Australia's urban form
5. Written communication skills.
ContentThis course may include:
- Introduction to urban history and historiography
- The Environment of Australian cities
- Origins and growth of Australian cities
- Urban competition and comparative studies
- Outposts
- The Bush Legend in an Urban Context
- Canberra and Urban Planning
- Cities at war and post war cities
- Industrial cities
- Race and Ethnicity in Cities
- Urban Postmodernity
- The Suburbs
- Urban Lives: Living Cities
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3055
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3055 can not enrol in HIST3055.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThe basic skills of analysis, research and writing gained in 1000 level History courses.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassFinal test, 10%
Essays / Written AssignmentsSite review, 1500 words, 20%

Research essay, 3000 words, 30%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionSeminar participation, on line and face to face, 40%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term