Progressive Traditions: Aust & World - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 3
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit charts dominant ideas in Australian history that transformed themselves into broad-based social movements. It is constructed around the biographies of prominent transnational figures to explore the ways in which developments in Australia were connected to ideas elsewhere in the world. We approach women's rights, alternative lifestyles, labour politics, urban planning, Aboriginal welfare and racial politics to understand a series of interconnected ideas.

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

  1. identify the key themes and ideas of Australian radicalism that shaped Australian political thought at the turn of the twentieth century
  2. understand the transnational context of the various ideologies comprising the progressive tradition
  3. recognise the complexities of social and intellectual movements, the shifting alliances between anarchists, socialists, feminists, single taxers, republicans and eugenists, and the struggles and choices involved
  4. employ critical thinking skills to reflect on the demographic and environmental changes that affected attitudes towards social issues such as family formation, health and wellbeing, urbanisation and citizenship
  5. engage with the concept of historical agency in the context of delimiting and enabling socio-historical structures
  6. examine intellectual, political or social leadership in the light of a field of ideas, concepts, knowledges and values
  7. analyse, evaluate and creatively synthesise a range of texts and images in order to recreate the structure of feeling of a past
  8. appreciate the historicity of our own ideas and values in the twenty-first century
  9. develop sustained, logical and persuasive arguments about the dynamics of social change and the Australian progressive traditions
  10. draw on a knowledge of history to understand the complexities and dynamics shaping, forging and limiting social change.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Online Discussion (15%)

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:

  • HUM7464 — Progressive Traditions: Australia and the World

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.

1Social utopianism and alternative lifestyles, the case of William Lane (1861-1917)
2Aboriginal welfare and race politics, the case of Carl Strehlow (1871-1922)
3Democratic architecture and townplanning, the case of Walter Burley Griffith (1876-1937)
4Temperance and female suffrage, the case of Bessie Lee (1860-1950)
5Eugenics and demographics, the case of Marion Piddington (1867-1950)

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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