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HIS1001 Introduction to Australian History

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Introduction to Aust History
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Libby Connors

Other requisites

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

Rationale

This course is designed to introduce students to the historical study of Australia. It is useful foundation for those intending to become secondary school teachers of History and SOSE but also for those intending to major in history. It stimulates students’ awareness of the problem of bias in sources and introduces them to ways historians have responded to this dilemma. It is also useful as an introduction to the themes of Australian history for those studying Australian Studies or international students wanting an introduction to the historical foundations of contemporary Australia.

Synopsis

This course offers students a narrative history of Australia from its long Aboriginal past to the start of the war in the Pacific in 1942. It will introduce students to Australia's central social, economic and political themes by examining the different ways in which historians have interpreted them. The course begins with Aboriginal Australia's contribution to world history, the marginal place of the early colony in British imperial history and the insularity of Australia in the lead up to World War II. It is intended to enhance students' content knowledge of Australia as well as to develop skills in research methods, historical interpretation and written presentation.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of themes in Australian history up to 1942
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by analysing and evaluating primary sources
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the interpretive nature of the Australian past
  4. demonstrate written and oral communication skills by preparing and presenting information clearly and accurately and in conformity with the practices of the discipline
  5. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills by finding and applying appropriate sources of evidence, and by adhering to norms of academic integrity.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. What is Australian studies? 4.00
2. Pre-European society 12.00
3. Convictism 12.00
4. Economic development 12.00
5. Nineteenth century ideologies 12.00
6. Class alignments 12.00
7. Imperial relations 12.00
8. The state and war 12.00
9. Economic depression. 12.00

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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=HIS1001)

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

Students are to purchase or access EITHER Macintyre, S & Basford, A. 2013, ‘The Cambridge history of Australia’, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge OR all of the following: Kingston, B 2001, ‘The Oxford history of Australia 1860-1900: glad, confident morning’, Oxford University Press, Melbourne (Paperback edition Vol 3); Kociumbas, J 2001, ‘The Oxford history of Australia 1770-1860: possessions’, Oxford University Press, Melbourne (Paperback edition Vol 2); MacIntyre, S 2001, ‘The Oxford history of Australia 1901-1942: the succeeding age’, Oxford University Press, Melbourne (Paperback edition Vol 4).

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MAJOR ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 30 30 02 Sep 2019
TUTORIAL PARTICIPATION 15 15 25 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
TUTORIAL PRESENTATION 15 15 25 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION 40 40 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

Notes
  1. Tutorial participation is graded weekly on evidence of preparation and quality of oral contribution.
  2. Tutorial presentation is graded on one paper presentation in class, presented in oral and written form.

Examination
Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM PART A 10 10 (see exam note 1)
EXAM PART B 30 30 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a restricted exam. The total working time for the exam (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.
  2. This will be a restricted exam. The total working time for the exam (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination 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.

    On-campus: 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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:
    This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.


  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.

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.