ECON1141 Australian Economic History

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit examines the changing roles of government and private sectors in Australia's economy from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The economic aspect of the 'tyranny of distance', Australia's isolation from the markets in the rest of the world, is an underlying theme in the unit and particular attention is given to the economic and demographic change that followed from the founding of New South Wales and Western Australia.
Students are able to (1) provide an account of the 'Transportation' versus 'Trade and Navel Power' debate concerning the reasons for Britain's decision to establish a settlement in Botany Bay; (2) use staple theory to explain the economic development of the Australian colonies with particular reference to whaling and sealing, wool and sandalwood; (3) explain the various ways in which the problem of distance has shaped Australian economic history; (4) analyse Australian economic growth and reflect on our colonies' (and subsequently our nation's) vulnerability to changes in the international economy, especially in the 1840s, the 1890s and the 1930s; and (5) critically reflect on the impact of protectionist policies on Australia's economic development during the first half of the twentieth century.
Assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Contact hours
lectures/Practical Classes/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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