Subject details

  • Topics
    • Overview: colonial beginnings
    • The Role of Arbitration in Australia: the Harvester Agreement
    • The Great Strike of1917: unions and direct action
    • 1932: the Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • The life and death of John Curtin, wartime Prime Minister
    • Immigrants and refugees
    • Scientific Australia: the CSIRO
    • Cold War Australia: the Petrov Spy Scandal
    • Cultural Australia
    • Crime in Australia: the paradox of the Chamberlain Case
    • Sporting Australia
    • Where does it all fit together?
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

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

  1. compare and discriminate between the differing interpretations of historical events
  2. analyse and critique the work of major 20th century scholars of Australian history
  3. develop present and defend reasoned arguments and theories based on evidence
  4. incorporate and apply these skills in a professional situation
  5. demonstrate an appropriate understanding of academic integrity principles and apply academic writing, referencing and acknowledgement conventions required for the discipline.
  • Assignment 1 - Review Essay (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Tutorial Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Reflective journal (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Major project Report (30%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-HIST511

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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