Is Australia just one big Pacific Island? In this course we examine this core question by exploring the history of Australia and Oceania – with a special focus on the island Pacific – through the ‘long’ 19th and 20th centuries. To start, we look at Australia and the Pacific in ‘deep time’, outlining the initial waves of human settlement and prehistoric mobility, before tackling major themes of Australia’s interactions with the island world: through European expansion and first encounters; the thickening relationships of trade, missionisation and formal colonialism in the 19th century; the world wars; the post war period; the era of independence; and developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries – including Australia’s ‘interventions’ in the Pacific, the growth of Australia’s own Pasifika populations, and changing perceptions of Australia in the region. This course aims to develop a wider understanding of Australia’s shared history with Oceania and the evolution of the Pacific community of which Australia is part. It will highlight the Pacific’s impacts on Australia and the multiplicity of Australia’s past and present engagements with the island region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key historical developments in Australia's relationship with the Pacific region
- Identify and critically assess different viewpoints and angles of interpretation from selected primary and secondary materials and place these in context in evaluating Australia's place in the world and in the Pacific
- Conduct independent research on Australian and Oceanic history
- Communicate findings and conclusions on Australia's relationship with the Pacific region clearly, reflectively and persuasively
Other InformationThis is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolment in one course applies to both courses combined.
- Three (3) critical reviews (500 words each), including one review of a book (30) [LO 1,2,4]
- Short analytical essay (1,500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Long research essay (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, including some 24 hours of lectures or an equivalent activity and some 12 hours of tutorials or equivalent activity. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Readings will be available on Wattle. As preparation, students can consult:
- Donald Denoon, ‘An Argument for an Australian Federation’, broadcast ABC Radio National 5th Feb 2003 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/perspective/donald-denoon/3522616
- Greg Fry ‘Framing this Islands: Knowledge and Power in Changing Australian Images of the South Pacific’, in David Hanlon and Geoffrey M. White (eds) Voyaging through the Contemporary Pacific (Honolulu 2000), 125-140
- I. C. Campbell, Worlds Apart: A History of the Pacific Islands (Christchurch 2003)
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