The Making of Australia
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Undergraduate Level 1
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- Domestic student fee:
- $795.00 (AUD)
- HECS student fee:
- $706.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,020.00 (AUD)
Only by understanding the past can we understand today’s politics, culture and social environment. The Making of Australia examines two-hundred years of Australian history from colonisation to the present. It considers the ways that Australian experience has been shaped by the land, economic forces, and cultural identity. The unit begins with the early European response to the land they explored and settled, and to the Indigenous population. From here we take a journey through convictism to the discovery of gold and the push to federation. In the twentieth century we look at Australians in war, Indigenous relations, immigration, sport, religion and the recent political debates over versions of our history. Students completing this unit will leave with a sound understanding of the major forces that have shaped Australia’s history; a knowledge of the key events in this history; an ability to locate and interpret historical sources; and an opportunity to reflect upon the way the present has been shaped by the past. The Making of Australia is invaluable to anyone wishing to teach history, develop historical skills or expand their knowledge of Australia’s past.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
One of the following two units:
- SSK12 — Introduction to University Learning
- SSK13 — Learning and Communication Behaviour
At the completion of this unit students will:
- gain a solid foundation in Australian history
- develop online researching techniques and essay-writing skills
- learn to question and interpret historical evidence, and to critique the arguments of historians
- acquire knowledge and skills invaluable to the teaching of Australian history.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Welcome and introduction|
|3||Legends of the land|
|4||Essay writing/the language of liberty|
|5||Online researching and the Australian History Museum, Macquarie University|
|6||Making a Commonwealth|
|7||Less than citizens|
|8||Employment and labour|
|9||Culture and playing|
|11||Duty and dissent|
|12||Reinventing the nation|
|13||Overview and exam|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
Print based materials
- Welcome Letter
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
- Diploma of Arts, Griffith University
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
- Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management), Curtin University
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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