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HIS2001 Race Relations in Australian History

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication

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Examiner: Libby Connors
Moderator: Catherine Dewhirst


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


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.


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.


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

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Broome, R 2010, Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788, 4th edn, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney.
  • Fozdar, Farida, Wilding, Raelene & Hawkins, Mary 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, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, W.A.
  • Pilkington, D 2001, Follow the rabbit-proof fence, University of Queensland Press, Array St. Lucia, QLD.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 124.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
TUTORIAL GROUP WORK 15 15 28 Feb 2011 3 U2,U5,U6 2 (see note 1)
2000 WORD MAJOR ESSAY 30 30 03 May 2011 1,2,5 U1,U3,U4,U6 2
TUTORIAL PAPER 30 30 24 Jun 2011 1,2,4 U2,U3,U6 2 (see note 2)
TUTORIAL PARTICIPATION 10 10 24 Jun 2011 1,2,4 U5,U6 2 (see note 3)
EXAMINATION 1.5 HOURS 15 15 End S1 4,5 U2,U3 2 (see note 4)

  1. Tutorial group work is a team project graded on a team presentation based on a weekly topic - date to be advised.
  2. Tutorial paper is presented in class based on particular topics - date to be advised.
  3. Tutorial participation is graded weekly on evidence of preparation and quality of oral contribution.
  4. Students will be advised of the official exam date after the timetable has been finalised.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Intermediate (Level 2)
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Teamwork (U6)Intermediate (Level 2)
Cultural literacy (U7)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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. For this course, normal class attendance consists of one 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  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 / grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a CLOSED examination, and candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the 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

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block no later than 12 noon on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM 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. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the 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).

  2. Students will require access to email and have internet access to UConnect for this course.