• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course provides an introductory survey of Australia’s interactions with international and regional affairs from the outbreak of World War II to the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. Its emphasis is on the political, economic, social and cultural interconnections between national and international trends and change, and on the changing meanings of the nation, the region and the international sphere as reflections of those processes. This course will encourage students to reflect on the factors that drive, and resist, patterns of Australian engagement with the world, and question the terms in which national, regional and international interests have been understood and acted upon. Students will be introduced to key intellectual frameworks associated with these processes and to significant historical debates areas from the Cold War and decolonization through to globalization and humanitarian intervention. The focus, however, will be primarily on Australian perspectives, interests and commitments

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. an understanding of major Australian and international events and trends in the period covered

2. a critical understanding of debates in the scholarship relating to the topics covered

3. an appreciation of the issues relating to the interpretation of a diverse range of historical evidence

4. the capacity to construct an historical argument in both written and oral work integrating primary and secondary sources

5. the capacity to independently locate and assess the value of relevant primary and secondary materials.

Indicative Assessment

  1. One 1000 word document exercise: 20% [LOs 3, 4 and 5]
  2. One 2500 word research essay: 40% [LOs 1 - 5]
  3. Oral and/or written contribution to tutorials:  10% [LOs 3 and 4]
  4. One three hour exam: 30% [LOs 1, 2 and 3]

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Two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial per week, with on overage 4-6 hours per week study plus 7 hours of private (non-contact) study. 

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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