Debates in Australian History - 2016

Unit summary

AUS21

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (35%) , Essay 2 (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Explore some of the key debates and themes in Australian history through the examination and review of selected case studies. Topics addressed in this unit include the reasons for European settlement, the character of the convicts and the nature of historical research. The unit aims to instil in you sensitivity to issues of history research and writing and an awareness of different approaches to the knowledge claims of history. For example, it might be said that knowledge about the past is political and reflects deeply held cultural assumptions about gender or race. This unit aims to challenge commonly held ideas and beliefs about Australian settlement and society. In doing so, you are expected to develop skills in working with primary documents and in discriminating between different interpretations of Australia.

This unit aims to challenge commonly held ideas and beliefs about Australian settlement and society. In doing so, you are expected to develop skills in working with primary documents and in discriminating between different interpretations of Australia.

At the completion of this unit students will have acquired:

  1. essay writing skills, bibliographic and study skills;
  2. the ability to discriminate between different interpretations of history;
  3. the ability to distinguish different ways of 'knowing' the past;
  4. a basic understanding of historiography and historical debates;
  5. a basic grasp of the history and nature of penal society in colonial Australia;
  6. an understanding of the questions raised by different sources of historical information;
  7. an understanding of the past as a 'cultural construction';
  8. a grasp of debates about methods, evidence and issues, and
  9. a good ability to see historical debates within cultural contexts.
  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1The Past
2Understanding History

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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