- Code HIST2227
- 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, Political Sciences
This course examines Australian politics from a historical perspective. It explores the foundation and working of democracy, the formation and transformation of the party system, and the relationship of politics to broader changes in society. The first part follows a chronological structure, beginning with traditional Indigenous government and extending through the colonial era to the present day, while the second examines a range of themes such as federation, nationalism and republicanism, women, gender and politics, rural politics, Indigenous politics and the media. The aim is to provide students with a historical grounding in the main political trends, institutions, personalities, ideas and ideologies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain the origins and development of institutions, practices, ideas and ideologies in Australian politics;
- analyse the relationship between political stability and change, and broader transformations in Australian society and culture;
- appreciate the capacity of historical approaches to generate insights into the political past and present;
- locate and interpret primary sources, and use them in constructing coherent and persuasive historical questions and answers; and
- locate and evaluate secondary authorities, and use them to construct coherent and persuasive historical questions and answers.
- Research Essay 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Synoptic Essay 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
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130 hours including a recorded lecture per week of 1 hour; a live and interactive 'lectorial' of 1 hour; and a tutorial of 1 hour (Total: 36 hours). 94 hours of reading, research, writing and site visits (libraries, archives, museums).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Tutorial readings will be made available to students via WATTLE
There is no single-volume political history of Australia. There are, however, a few texts that cover many of the themes of this course over a long time-frame. These include:
Cook, Ian, Liberalism in Australia, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 1999.
Dyrenfurth, Nick and Bongiorno, Frank, A Little History of the Australian Labor Party, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2011.
Faulkner, John and Macintyre, Stuart (eds), True Believers: The Story of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2001.
Kelly, Paul, 100 Years: The Australian Story, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2001.
McAllister, Ian, The Australian Voter: 50 Years of Change, University of New South Wales Press, 2011.
McMullin, Ross, The Light on the Hill: The Australian Labor Party 1891-1991, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1991.
Manne, Robert (ed.), The Australian Century: Political Struggle in the Building of a Nation, Text, Melbourne, 1999.
Nethercote, J.R. (ed.), Liberalism and the Australian Federation, Federation Press, Annandale, 2001.
Sawer, Marian, The Ethical State?: Social Liberalism in Australia, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2003.
Souter, Gavin, Acts of Parliament: A Narrative History of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988.
Walter, James with Moore, Todd, What Were They Thinking?: The Politics of Ideas in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2010.
There are two long-running series of edited books that should be of interest:
The Australian Commonwealth Administration series (since 1983)
The Australian Elections series (Since 1987)
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