- Code HIST6238
- Unit Value 6 units
In the 1960s-1970s Australia fought the Vietnam War, enacted civil rights for Aborigines, and ended the White Australia policy as well as curtailing discrimination including against women and homosexuals. Australians overcame 'cultural cringe', took to Australian films, literature and music, reached out to Asia and embraced multiculturalism. They also took to the streets to protest against the Vietnam War, uranium mining and the nuclear threat, and Aboriginal oppression, while demanding legal abortions and gay rights. It was a time of ferment, and radical social and legal reform. Charismatic political leaders galvanised public attention and raised the level of debate. Censorship was challenged, rock music was everywhere, and sex seemed to be too. This course will take a wide view of Australian politics, involvement in and withdrawal from the Vietnam War, and social change. It will consider why these were such decades of change and what we can learn about processes of change and reform, using texts, photographs, music and films from the period. It will introduce students to a range of historiographical interpretation of this key period.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the major political, legal and social changes in Australia in the 1960s and 70s, and reflect on causes and consequences.
- Analyse and discuss Australia's participation in and withdrawal from the Vietnam war.
- Formulate arguments about the connections between political change and social change, both orally and in writing.
- Analyse primary sources as historical evidence and use them to discuss secondary sources critically.
- Appraise and discuss varying historiographical interpretations of the 1960s-70s.
Indicative AssessmentResearch essay incorporating primary source analysis on topic of choice agreed with course convenor (3,000 words; 50%)- linked to LOs 1, 3 and 4.
Historiographical essay on topic other than that of research essay, to be agreed with course convenor (3,000 words; 50%) - linked to LOs 1, 3 and 5.
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WorkloadOne 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9308||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|