1 x 2-hour lecture weekly 1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
Associated majors: History; Australian StudiesAssociated minor: Indigenous StudiesBachelor of Archaeology
Assignment(s), test, tutorial participation.
This topic examines the broad sweep of Australian culture, politics and society through the lens of the historian. A key focus is the many different and contested stories that make up our understanding of the national past, the intention being to convey its multi-layered texture. At the same time the topic be samples a variety of different ways historians may approach such stories. Students will read primary and secondary sources that develop their understanding of key events in Australia's past and the multiple ways in which they have been interpreted. Indigenous perspectives are central to this process and through this topic students will become familiar with the complexities of race relations, land tenure, issue of gender and class that have characterised Australia's history. Points of focus for this topic include the European Enlightenment and its influence on the colonisation of Australia; the gendered convict experience; race relations on the gold fields; late nineteenth-century nationalism and federation; the Stolen Generations; and the Great Depression.
This topic aims to:
increase your knowledge and understanding of the major themes and issues in Australian histories
draw your attention to the forces that shape our perception of the Australia's pasts and the ways history is used in the present
enable you to recognise and critically evaluate the arguments you encounter in secondary historical works
develop your ability to use primary sources for historical research
introduce you to some of the major varieties and approaches (methodologies) of historical study
foster an atmosphere of respect for one another's perspectives, that encourages cooperative creative thinking
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing this topic should be able to demonstrate that they
have gained an understanding of key themes, issues and events in Australia's history
have developed an awareness of the forces that shape our perceptions of the past
are able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and understand their uses for historians
can critically evaluate the arguments encountered in secondary sources
recognise a variety of approaches used by historians to draw conclusions about the past
have acquired some of the practical skills necessary for historical work - including library research, use of primary sources, and the ability to structure an historical argument
have developed their ability to engage in collaborative learning through informed discussion with others in atmosphere that fosters mutual respect
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2019 are no longer published.
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