Australia in the 20th Century
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources
- Analyse and apply historical information (especially self-located research materials)
- Communicate effectively in oral forms, and in a range of written forms
- Engage effectively in group work with your peers
- Participate actively in online discussions
- Demographic change
- First World War
- Second World War
- The marriage and baby boom
- 1950s 'Golden Age'
- Sexual revolution
- Refugee crisis
Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above OR (20cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units at 2000 level) NCCW (2020 and onwards) MHIS3040 Australia in the 20th Century
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Australia in the 20th century presents a political, social, economic and cultural history of Australia across the twentieth century into the present. Building on the introduction to Australian history, the Anzac myth and nineteenth century experience explored in earlier units, Australia in the 20th century outlines the development of post-Federation 'White Australia', through to the impact of migration, multiculturalism and the refugee crisis into the 21st century. We explore the foundations of Australian national identity and analyse the manifest social changes that redefined understandings of gender, sexuality, rights and race. We will feature the central developments of the century, from the divisive impact of the First World War to economic depression, and the promise of reconstruction that grew out of another disastrous world war that also reshaped Australia's relations with the world. We will trace the everyday experiences of Australians through migration, economic change, suburbanisation, protest, and popular culture. Australia in the 20th century will be of particular interest to education students who are intending to teach Australian history in schools and provides a strong platform for 2000/3000 level Australian history subjects.
- Group presentation (15%)
- Research essay (40%)
- Essay plan (20%)
- Best of OU Blog posts (25%)