Growing Up in Australia

Course code HIST3242Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will examine changing conceptions about the nature of childhood and how they have influenced the treatment and experiences of young Australians. The course will cover the experiences of children and teenagers during various periods of Australian history--from the lives of convict children, to the 'baby boomers', to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children. Topics covered include family life, children's health and welfare, education, and child and youth cultures. Students will be given the opportunity to work with a number of primary texts and encouraged to reflect on the nature of history and historical representation.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
ObjectivesUpon the completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. Understanding of changing views about the nature of childhood and how these views have influenced the treatment of children and adolescents;
2. Comprehension of the link between the childhood experiences and personal and cultural identity;
3. Comprehension and ability to analyse aspects of Australian social history;
4. Ability to engage in historical argument and research appropriate to an advanced undergraduate student;
5. Appropriate written and oral communications skills for scholarly discourse
ContentStudents undertaking this course will be introduced to changing conceptions about the nature of childhood, the varying experiences of growing up in Australia, the impact of ideology on policy making and the link between childhood experiences and cultural identity. Topics to be covered will include
1) The historiography and theories of childhood
2) Convict children
3) Experiences of Aboriginal children
4) Child and youth rescue movements
5) Eugenics, health and welfare
6) Educating Boys and Girls
7) The baby boomers
8) Teenage rebellion
9) Child immigration
10) Remembering childhood
11) Representations of youth and childhood
12) Children's literature and popular culture
Replacing Course(s)HIST3241 Growing Up in Australia.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HIST3241 are not permitted to enrol in HIST3242.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10 units of History at 1000 level or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, online quiz, blogs, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totalling 3000 - 3500 words. 70%
Group/tutorial participation and contribution10%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST3242