This course investigates Australia across the nineteenth-century, using cultural and cross-cultural historical approaches. It emphasises the plurality of colonial experiments and experiences across the continent, and critically considers the ways in which they were shaped by distinctive histories of encounter, foundation, geography, and connectedness to places, including other colonies, beyond Australia. Indigenous perspectives will also be highlighted. While the course will canvass some conventional major themes in nineteenth-century Australia such as convicts, frontiers, and gender relations, it will do so by focusing on unconventional, marginal, and unfamiliar places, people, episodes, institutions, and practices. Students will be given opportunities to work with and interpret the detritus of colonial Australia, including objects, images, and ruins. In addition, some attention will be given to the ways in which "history-making" in diverse forms - e.g. writing, commemorating, reenacting, painting -- accompanied colonial occupation, and how the historical mythologies produced have since been challenged, making way for new perspectives and voices in Australian history. This will allow for a dialogue between colonial and postcolonial histories and perspectives.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and critically analyse how colonial experience in Australia was shaped by a diversity of local, regional, and global historical, geographical, social, and political factors;
- demonstrate a capacity to analyse colonialism and its legacies in Australia using cross-cultural, cultural and transdisciplinary historical approaches;
- undertake original research using primary and secondary sources;
- formulate evidence-based arguments in written submissions; and
- demonstrate comprehension of course lectures and readings in oral discussions.
This course can be counted towards a History major.
- A research essay of 3,000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Either a synoptic essay of 2,000 words or a final examination (50) [LO 1,2,4]
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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 tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Alison Bashford and Stuart MacIntyre (eds), The Cambridge History of Australia, Volume 1, Indigenous and Colonial Australia, Cambridge University, 2013
Deborah Gare and David Ritter (Eds), Making Australian History: Perspectives since 1788, Cenage Learning, 2008
Samia Khutan, Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey, UQP, 2019
Alan Atkinson, The Europeans in Australia, vols 1 & 2, Oxford University Press, 1997
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