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HIS2001 Race Relations in Australian History

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Race Relations in Aust History
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Catherine Dewhirst

Requisites

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.

Rationale

Racism has been a crucial factor in Australian society since the arrival of the British. This course provides advanced critical knowledge and skills, essential to understanding the historical development of racial beliefs and structures from the nineteenth century to today. Students engage with several theoretical frameworks to explain racial inequality and the episodic nature of racial outbursts in Australia, which resonate with other settler societies and our current world. By exploring the treatment of Indigenous Australians, migrant ethnic groups and forced indentured labour schemes in depth students develop and awareness of how contemporary Australia functions for informing professionalism and public engagement. The course is central to the History major’s Australian, European and global histories and is particularly suited to students in Education, Anthropology and SOSE.

Synopsis

In this course, students will examine the historical development of racial ideas and structures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By surveying Indigenous European relations and through case studies, students will explore the impact of racism on Indigenous Australians, Chinese, Melanesian, Irish, German, Italian and post-war migrant groups.

Objectives

On successfully completing this course students should be able to:

  1. analyse and interpret primary sources and identify racist assumptions, ideologies and theories;
  2. appreciate the diverse Indigenous and ethnic heritages of Australia;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of historical conditions under which racism has been either manufactured or discouraged;
  4. construct written and verbal arguments competently;
  5. work effectively in groups.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Racial theories and theories of racism 20.00
2. Pre-1860 British imperialism and Aboriginal-European relations 20.00
3. Race, gender and labour 20.00
4. Ethnic minorities, war and racism 20.00
5. Post-war decline of colonialism 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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=HIS2001)

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

Broome, R 2019, Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788, 5th 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 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 15 15 26 Mar 2021 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 25 25 30 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 30 30 21 May 2021
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 30 30 End S1 (see note 2)

Notes
  1. Students in History courses at USQ are required to use Oxford referencing style in their academic work.
  2. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. calculators which cannot hold textual information
    3. Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    4. Dictionaries 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:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at https://cmsauth.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/exams/supplementary-and-deferred-assessment.

  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.

Date printed 18 June 2021