CREATING MODERN AUSTRALIA

HIS2CMA

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Modern Australia began from convict origins, and grew into a collection of colonies whose free settlers sought to wrest land from indigenous owners. It emerged as a federated nation in a little over a century. In this subject we examine how resource exploitation, a pastoral economy, urbanisation, political alliances and experiments in social democracy forged colonial development/history. We explore how war, depression and new sources of migration, technological change, foreign policy directions, and political protest emerged in the twentieth century to challenge and internationalise Australia. We trace people's role in shaping these dramatic transformations and the profound impact of such changes on everyday life, as we consider the nature of historical knowledge and how historians have interpreted these changes.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKatie Holmes

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 and 15 credit points of another first year Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or coordinator's apporval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HIS3CMA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA History of AustraliaPrescribedMark Peel & Christina Twomey 2011PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2011

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify key moments of economic, social and political change in modern Australia

Activities:
journal exercise; document exercise, reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Understand key concepts in the history of Australia: colonialism, Federation, urbanisation, protection, modernity, assimilation, globalisation

Activities:
document exercise; reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

03. Critically evaluate how individuals and social movement have shaped modern Australia and, in turn, the impact of social and cultural change on everyday lives

Activities:
document exercise; reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Demonstrate an understanding of different historiographical traditions in Australia

Activities:
journal exercise; reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

05. Develop a critical understanding of the nature and use of different types of historical sources, including sources that are available online

Activities:
journal exercise; document exercise;
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Evaluate the impact of modernising influences on different aspects Australia's history: the economy, the union movement, urbanisation, warfare, gender relations, social welfare

Activities:
reflective essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

07. Recognise how ideas about race, class and gender shaped modern Australia

Activities:
Journal exercise; document exercise
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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