The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Explores the relationship of Australia and Australians to the outside world during the course of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The approach taken is both chronological and thematic and introduces students to issues of international significance for Australia as well as state-to-state relations.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. A broad understanding of key themes and issues in Australia's international relations and their changing character over the twentieth century.

2. Knowledge of various historical debates and the different perspectives that have been applied to Australia's past.

3. Skills in historical research, evaluation, synthesis and essay writing through submission of a major research piece and a minor essay or assignment, as well as skills in oral articulation of historical issues.


Course themes will include:

  1. the influences of Britain and the United States on Australian society with particular regard to security, trade and culture.
  2. Australian involvement in overseas wars and experience of international phenomena such as the Great Depression and Americanisation.
  3. Australia's relations with the Asia-Pacific region including key bi-lateral relationships such as Japan and Indonesia.
  4. the transmission of political ideologies and protest movements and their manifestation in Australian society.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class test/exam

Written Assignment: Minor essay or assignment

Essay: Major essay

Participation: Tutorial Participation