Australia and the World
Walk through the annals of Australian history. See how Indigenous Australians lived before the British arrived. Get snapshots of the Federation and World War II. Dip into primary documents as you work to get an accurate view of how things were.
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This subject aims to challenge commonly held ideas and beliefs about Australian history and society. In doing so, you are expected to develop skills in working with primary documents and in discriminating between different interpretations of Australia’s past.
After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- Critique the different perspectives on the major developments in Australian cultural, social and political history when defining national identity, the formation of national structures and institutions.
- Critically analyze the forces of change that have seen Australia develop into a multicultural society.
- Present your analysis of debates on Australian history to peers.
- Source, organize, critically evaluate and interpret information from valid academic references to construct and support an argument.
- Australia before 1788
- Convicts and British Colonies in Australia
- Settlement or Invasion? The Impact of Colonization on Indigenous Australians
- Life in the Colony to 1820
- Wool and Gold: Australia from the 1820s to 1850s
- Cities and Urban Life in the 19th Century
- Heroes of Colonial Australia?: Explorers and Bushrangers in the 19th Century
- People on the Margins?: Women and Immigrants in the 19th Century
- One Nation: The Federation of Australia
- World War 1 and the ANZAC Legend
- Australia in the 1930s
- Australia in the 20th Century
Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.
No additional requirements
Previously titled: 'Australia and theÂ WorldÂ World:Â 1788 to Present'
This course will introduce students to the key political, social and cultural events, people, and issues that helped shape Australian history. The changes and continuities in Australian history will be explored, allowing students to develop an ability to understand and critique different perspectives on the history of Australia. This course will help students to conceptualise as well as analyse the origins, narrative and impact of events in Australian history.Â
- Essay (35%)
- Exam (30%)
- Online Discussion (35%)