Twentieth Century Australia - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Review Essay (20%) , Assignment 2 - Tutorial Presentation (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit was previously known as HIST511 Twentieth Century Australia.

Adopting a thematic approach this unit presents a survey history of Australia in the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century. It examines major events, individuals and circumstances that have shaped modern Australia, including cultural achievements, scientific discoveries, economic booms and depressions, arbitration, the trade union movement, race relations, immigration, political scandals and wars - real or imagined. Students will learn how history texts of the past are challenged by fresh perspectives on what is significant and relevant in Australia's history, and they will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between changing social values and ways in which we understand the past.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. compare and discriminate between the differing interpretations of historical events
  2. analyse and critique the work of major 20th century scholars of Australian history
  3. develop present and defend reasoned arguments and theories based on evidence
  4. incorporate and apply these skills in a professional situation.
  • Assignment 1 — Review Essay (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Tutorial Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Reflective journal (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Major project Report (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

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  • Other special requirement — Access to Email and Internet on at least a weekly basis

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview: colonial beginnings
2The Role of Arbitration in Australia: the Harvester Agreement
3The Great Strike of1917: unions and direct action
41932: the Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
5The life and death of John Curtin, wartime Prime Minister
6Immigrants and refugees
7Scientific Australia: the CSIRO
8Cold War Australia: the Petrov Spy Scandal
9Cultural Australia
10Crime in Australia: the paradox of the Chamberlain Case
11Sporting Australia
12Where does it all fit together?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.

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