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HIS2001 Race Relations in Australian History

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 18 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Libby Connors
Moderator: Catherine Dewhirst

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Any two units of History or Indigenous Studies and one of which must have Australian content

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

Rationale

This course enables students in the History, Indigenous Studies and Social Justice majors to explore the pattern of race relations that has developed in Australia over more than 200 years. It provides valuable content for those intending to teach Australian History and SOSE professionally by exploring the treatment of various racial groups in historical situations. It also introduces students to theoretical attempts to explain racial inequality and the episodic nature of racial outbursts in a western society.

Synopsis

Racism has been a crucial factor in Australian society since the arrival of the first Europeans. This course will examine the historical development of racial ideas and structures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As well as surveying Indigenous European relations, it explores the impact of racism on Chinese, Melanesian, Irish, German, Italian and postwar migrant groups.

Objectives

On successfully completing this course, students will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to interpret primary sources and to identify racist assumptions and ideologies;
  2. competence in constructing written and verbal arguments;
  3. ability to work effectively in groups;
  4. an appreciation of the diverse racial heritage of Australia;
  5. an understanding of the historical conditions under which racism has been either manufactured or discouraged.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Racial theories and theories of racism 20.00
2. The nature of British imperialism and Aboriginal-European relations pre-1860.
Native Mounted Police and the institutionalization of Aborigines
20.00
3. Race and Gender. Labour exploitation and racial exclusion 20.00
4. Racial Minorities and War. Case studies from World War 1 and World War 2
The manufacture of racism.
20.00
5. Decline of Colonialism in the post-war world. Ideology and practice 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=HIS2001)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Broome, R 2010, Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788, 4th edn, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney.
  • Fozdar, F Wilding, R & Hawkins, M 2009, Race and Ethnic Relations, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Hegarty, R 2003, Is that you, Ruthie?, [New ed] edn, University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, QLD.
  • Morgan, S 1987, My place, Freemantle Arts Centre Press, WA.
  • Pilkington, D 2001, Follow the rabbit-proof fence, University of Queensland Press, Array St. Lucia, QLD.
  • Students should consider buying one of the references for one of the assignment topics. (Alternative topics including digital sources will be available.).

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 65.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 98.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE GROUP WORK 25 25 26 Apr 2013
2000 WORD ABORIGINAL ESSAY 30 30 30 Apr 2013
RESEARCH PAPER 2000 WORD 30 30 03 Jun 2013
EXAMINATION 15 15 End S1

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.