AUSTRALIAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY: GONDWANA TO GLOBAL WARMING

HIS2AEH

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

'Gondwana', the ancient super continent, evolved over forty millenia into several continents including Australia. Just two centuries after European settlement, the human impact on the land, massive species extinction, and climate change, pose serious threats to the continent's fragile ecology. Students will consider Australia's geological origins; Indigenous land use; the competing ideas of land and land use among early settlers; and how various forms of land use shaped, and changed the environment. We will explore in turn how the Australian environment shaped humans. Students will study Australia as part of a global environment, by understanding how settlement was an artefact of colonialism and Empire, and the impact of environmental thinking on Australia and its participation in the global environmental movement. Students will research environmental history locally and/or globally, to understand Australia's changing environment in the context of calls for a sustainable future.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRuth Ford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first year History or Art History and 15 credit points of another first year Faculty of Humanities and Social Science subject.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HIS3AEH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHow a continent created a nation,PreliminaryRobin, L.UNSW PRESS 2007

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Focusing on time and context, analyse continuity and change

Activities:
Reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. In a team & individually, reflect on strengths and weaknesses of other historians' accounts when constructing their own historical accounts.

Activities:
Weekly team discussion groups; 2000 word individual research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. In a team and individually, assimilate historians' lines of arguments and use of sources in relation to a particular historical problem, placing all in their contexts.

Activities:
Weekly team discussions. 2000 word individual research essay; reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. In a team and individually, reflect explicitly on the use of primary sources: the student's own, and other historians'.

Activities:
Weekly team discussions, synopses, on-line postings. Research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. In a team investigate a historical topic and frame a response in any one of a variety of history genres.

Activities:
Weekly team discussion tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Write properly referenced essays using primary & secondary sources to frame a line of argument about a past.

Activities:
2000 word individual research essay with topic chosen from set questions; reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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