Issues in Australian History

Course code HIST3220Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Takes an in-depth look at specific issues in Australian history that have provoked debate and controversy. The aim is to take a considered look at historical debates surrounding these issues, consider some of the relevant primary sources, and discuss the theoretical and political context to contemporary developments in the study of Australian history. The course provides students with an overarching knowledge of historical debates, while also encouraging the development of the skills of researching, writing, and evaluating historical arguments. The idea that the Australian past is the subject of debate and contestation will be introduced in a challenging yet enjoyable fashion.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of the course students should be able to demonstrate: an awareness of the major issues in the study and practice of Australian history; an ability to evaluate critically competing historical interpretations, and primary sources; an ability to understand and analyse academic as well as popular history; research and reflective skills relevant to the study of the humanities and written and oral communications skills appropriate for a professionalised scholarly environment.
ContentThere may be some slight variation in course content from year to year. Topics covered may include: Aboriginal history, famous Australian historians, the bush legend, the myth of Anzac, 'Black armband' history, History and Heritage, the Great Depression, oral history, War and Society, the post-war suburb, and the Whitlam Dismissal.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, essay proposals, bibliographies,plus other shorter exercises as specified in the course guide, totaling 5,000 - 7,000 words, 50 - 70%.
Examination: FormalFormal exam or class test, as specified in the course guide, 20 - 40%.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 10%
Other: (please specify)Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the course guide available in the first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST3220