In the 1960s-1970s Australia fought the Vietnam War, enacted civil rights for Aborigines, ended the White Australia policy and curtailed 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.
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.
- Analyse and discuss Australia's participation in and withdrawal from the Vietnam war.
- Formulate arguments about the connections between political change and social change, orally and in writing.
- Reflect on and explain causes and consequences of legal and political reforms in the 1960s-70s.
- Analyse primary sources as historical evidence and use them to discuss secondary sources critically.
Indicative AssessmentPrimary source analysis short essay (1,000 words; 10%) -- linked to LOs 1 and 5.
Research essay (2,500 words; 30%) - LOs 1, 3, 4 and 5.
Final exam covering lectures and required readings (2 hours; 50%) - LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Tutorial participation (10%) - LOs 2, 3, 4 and 5.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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