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

This course will survey Australia’s interactions with international and regional affairs from Federation through to the Global Financial Crisis. We will examine debates over regional security, immigration and multiculturalism, multilateral negotiation and international accountability, cultural exchange and the projection of national identity, 'global citizenship' and 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 advice; the dynamics of economic change and population mobility; the ambitions of individuals (including expatriates) 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 major factors shaping Australia's engagement with the region and international affairs since 1901;
  2. explain the influence or impact of those factors, and the most significant areas and periods of change associated with them;
  3. critically assess a range of historiographical approaches to Australian international relations, and to related areas of social and political change;
  4. demonstrate advanced 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. Class participation (weekly) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Essay Rationale (1500 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research Essay (3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Synoptic Essay (2500 words) (35) [LO 1,3,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: a 3 hour seminar each week comprising i) a one hour introduction to the week's topic, ii) a two hour workshop exploring the set reading, its relation to the overarching themes of the course, and the relation of the topic to student's individual research projects

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There are no 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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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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