- Code HIST1208
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of History
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject History
- Areas of interest Australian Studies, History, Heritage Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course provides a fresh introduction to Australian history since 1788. We will cast aside many traditional assumptions about Australian history, and seek to replace them with new angles of vision on the large and varied cast of women and men who have shaped this nation from its contested beginnings. The course uses two main approaches: biographical vignettes of men and women, from a range of class and ethnic backgrounds, whose stories tell us about various periods and episodes extending from the earliest cultural encounters between British settlers and Indigenous people to recent history; and the analytical frame of gender - so that we can see how different ideas of femininity and masculinity shaped Australians' lives. Using these two approaches, the course interrogates the making and meaning of Australian mythologies across more than two centuries
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Reflect on and discuss a wide range of events in and aspects of Australian history.
- Use a range of individual life stories to analyze important episodes and themes in Australian history.
- Analyze the ways changing ideas of gender (both masculinities and femininities) have shaped Australian history and vice versa.
- Think, write and argue about how Australian history is presented in public exhibitions and other media, and how particular myths have evolved.
- Use specific events to explain central themes in Australian history.
The exhibition review essay 1,000 words (20%) will assess Learning Outcome 4;
The topic essay 2,500 words (30%) will assess Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4;
The final exam (40%) will assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5;
Tutorial participation (10%) will assess Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5.
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2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 130 hours)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Stuart Macintyre, A Concise History of Australia (Cambridge)
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