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HIS2001 Race Relations in Australian History

Semester 1, 2016 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History

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Examiner: Libby Connors


Pre-requisite: HIS1001 or HIS2000 or KNL1001 or KNL1002 or ANT3000 and one other History or KNL or Anthropology course

Other requisites

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


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.


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. 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
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.
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, 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?, 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 expectations

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 29 Apr 2016
2000 WORD ABORIGINAL ESSAY 30 30 02 May 2016
RESEARCH PAPER 2000 WORD 30 30 06 Jun 2016
EXAM 15 15 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the exam is 1.5 hours. The exam date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    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.

    It is the students? 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.

  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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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

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.