The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


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. an awareness of the major issues in the study and practice of Australian history;

2. an ability to evaluate critically competing historical interpretations, and primary sources; an ability to understand and analyse academic as well as popular history;

3. 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.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: One to three written assignments

Formal Examination: Formal exam or class test

Participation: Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement