HIST2003 Crises and Controversies in Australian History

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit hones in on moments of crisis and controversy as a means by which to understand dynamics of power and resistance in the Australian past. Crises investigated include both the famous and less well-known, and range thematically from the black war in Tasmania to women's liberation. This approach to the Australian past highlights both the depth and range of social divisions over time, and illuminates processes of social and cultural change, especially those involving popular participation. As such moments are often accompanied by debates over historical interpretation, the unit also investigates the nature of history and how we come to understand historical events.
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History, through the example of the historiography of colonial and twentieth century Australia; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical problems posed by historical interpretations of colonial and twentieth century Australia; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of moments of crisis and controversy in Australian history; (4) locate relevant sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop participation; (2) workshop papers; and (3) essay. Further information is available 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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nadia Rhook
Unit rules
a Level 1 History unit
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Contact hours
2 hours per week
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