Australian History Since 1901 - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST320 Australian History Since 1901.

This unit presents a social and cultural history of Australia in the twentieth century, offering broad ranging and diverse interpretations of the period. We cover the fundamental political changes from the early years of the Labor Party, right through to the rise of the Right and Pauline Hanson on the cusp of the new millennium. We explore the foundations of the Australian national identity and analyse the manifest social changes that occurred across the century. We feature the central developments of the century, from war to depression and back to war again, as well as addressing the everyday experiences of Australians through looking at migration, suburbanisation, protest, and popular culture. The unit will be of particular interest to education students who are intending to teach Australian history in schools.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources;
  2. find, analyse and apply historical information (especially self-located research materials);
  3. communicate effectively in a range of written forms;
  4. engage effectively in group discussions with their peers;
  5. communicate respectfully; we also hope that students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge in the following areas:
  6. describe the main changes and continuities in Australian society and the economy
  7. understand the basic political, administrative and economic structures of the period
  8. outline the dominant understandings and ideologies throughout the century
  9. explain how Australia interacted with the rest of the world
  10. understand the interactions between white Australia and Aboriginal Australia
  11. discuss the emergence of new political and social forms in the 1960s and 1970s
  12. consider the social and political movements of the 1980s and 1990s
  13. pinpoint moments of crisis between 1901 and 1999.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Unit Summary Task (10%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)

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:

  • HST320 — Australian History Since 1901

You should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 and 2 before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Federation and White Australia
2World War I
3The Great Depression
4World War II
5Stolen Generations
6Class War/ Cold War
8Whitlam and the dismissal
9Women's liberation
10Migration and multiculturalism
11The Age of Mabo? Native Title & Reconciliation
12Teaching Australian History

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online 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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