Forging a Nation: Australian History 1920-Present - 2016

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Unit summary


  • 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
  • Assessment: Critique - 1000 words (20%) , Essay - 2000 words (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Students will develop an understanding of Australia's twentieth century history up to the present, particularly concepts of identity that derive from major events in the past.  Such major events include: the aftermath of the First World War, the Great Depression; consolidation and rise of Aboriginal activism, World War II in both Europe and the Pacific and its' role in diminishing Australia's place in the British empire, the post-war baby boom, and the social and cultural impact of immigration, cold war conservatism of the 1950s, the end of the Menzies era and the Hawke and Keating years, pendulous swings in achievements and setbacks in Indigenous self-determination in the 1990s, dominated by the Howard era and where South Australia fits into the national narrative.

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

  1. analyse the progression from a 'white' Australia to a multicultural society
  2. identify pivotal historical events that forged the direction of the modern nation
  3. deconstruct and evaluate historical processes and ideologies
  4. explore the impact of globalisation and Australian identity politics.
  • Critique — 1000 words (20%)
  • Essay — 2000 words (50%)
  • Journal — 1500 words (30%)

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.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past

    By:Ritter & Gare

    ISBN: 9780170346924


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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