Issues in Australian History
Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
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.
Upon 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.
There 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.
20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term