Introducing students to the social, economic and political history of occupied settler South Australia from its first appearance in UK parliamentary debates in 1833, to the present, the topic examines the changing interpretations of the colony/province/state's past. It asks: is South Australia truly distinctive? And, if so, what made it distinctive? If not, then what? In exploring these questions, the topic reveals changing preoccupations with race, class, gender and nationality, against a background of evolving ideas and practices in popular participation and public accountability.
The topic introduces students to primary historical research and encourages them to follow their own interests in learning activities and assessment.
Issues to be investigated may include: South Australia as an indigenous-settler frontier; gerrymandered elections; international war; education structures and functions; the State Bank collapse and other economic crises; changing attitudes to immigration; temperance movements and other forms of 'wowserism'; mining; 'new towns' such as Elizabeth and Whyalla; religion; water shortage and other environmental catastrophes; Adelaide as a minor city in a minor power; work; changing perspectives on women and other 'others'; or, involvement in the weapons industry.
This topic aims to:
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