• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, International Affairs, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course will survey Australia’s interactions with international and regional affairs through and beyond the twentieth century, from Federation to the Global Financial Crisis, and including debates over climate change response. Building on an account of foreign and defence policies, we will trace the political, economic, social and cultural connections between imperial, national and international development and change, and the ways in which meanings of the nation, the region and the international sphere have evolved. Areas of attention will include the key contexts of Australia’s relations with the United Kingdom, the United States, the Asia-Pacific region and international and non-government organisations; the role of diplomacy, the press, public opinion, party attitudes and expert advise; the dynamics of economic change and population mobility; the ambitions of individuals and the power of interest groups and political movements as reflected in the intersection of national and international issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the factors shaping Australia's engagement with regional and international affairs since 1901;
  2. explain the influence or impact of those factors, and the areas and periods of change associated with them;
  3. assess a range of historiographical approaches to Australian international relations, and to related areas of social and political change;
  4. demonstrate research skills in working with a diversity of historical and secondary sources; and
  5. construct an evidence-based historical argument in a form suitable to its purpose and target audience.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Historical Policy Brief, 1500 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 5 (20) [LO null]
  2. Research Essay, 2500 words (40%) Learning outcomes 1-5 (40) [LO null]
  3. Exam, 2 hours (30%) Learning outcomes 1-3, 5 (30) [LO null]
  4. Tutorial participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1-4 (10) [LO null]
  5. (null) [LO null]
  6. (null) [LO null]

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130 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 tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level History (HIST) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6144.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Neville Meaney (ed), Australia and the World: A Documentary History from the 1870s to the 1970s (1985).
David Goldsworthy (ed.), Facing North: A Century of Australian Engagement with Asia, vol. 1 (1901 to the 1970s), vol. 2, (1970s-2000) (2001, 2003).
Agnieszka Sobocinska, Visiting the Neighbours: Australians in Asia (2014).
Allan Gyngell, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942 (2017).
Stuart Ward,  Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (2001).
David Lee, Australia and the World in the Twentieth Century (2006).
David Dutton, One of Us?: A Century of Australian Citizenship (2002).


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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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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