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Vision Splendid: An Alternative History of Australia (HIS212)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Description This is the Australian history unit for students who usually do not like studying Australian history. The unit traces the history of Australia's engagement with Asia, the people and the government's attitudes to the environment, and Australia's relationship with the United States and the United Kingdom. We deal with racial tension, unfettered development, and the Australian struggle to develop a national identity as a western country on the outskirts of Asia.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past
2. Identify and interpret both secondary and primary sources
3. Examine historical issues according to methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline
4. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past
5. Construct an evidence-based argument
6. Identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills developed through the study of history.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will introduce students to broad scholarly trends relevant to the subject matter of the unit, and to important contextual information. In tutorials, students have the opportunity to discuss critical issues relating to the subject area, and to practise interpreting primary and secondary sources. Assessment tasks allow students to develop their skills in historical analysis and explore topics of particular interest.
Assessment Assessment in this unit covers a range of assessment types to accommodate differing student learning styles. In order to demonstrate that they have gained competence in all aspects covered by the assessment in this unit, students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in order to be considered for a passing grade.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed either of the following units may not enrol in this unit for credit: HIS202 Australia and Its Asian Context; HIS302 Vision Splendid: An Alternative History of Australia.
Previously 2015: 'Australia and its Asian Context'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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History (BA)
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors History
Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Teaching Area
Appears in these Minors Modern History
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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