Dust off Australia's history books and highlight the recurring themes that characterise the events of the 20th century. Focus in on scientific discoveries and political scandals. Chart the shift in values. Reinterpret past events with modern eyes.
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This subject was previously known as HIST511 Twentieth Century Australia.
Adopting a thematic approach this subject 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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