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HIS2000 Contemporary Australia

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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


Pre-requisite: One unit of History or INR1000 or INR1001


This course is valuable for students wanting a foundation for understanding contemporary Australian society. It is particularly useful for students majoring in Journalism, International Relations and Social Justice, as well as History. It further develops skills of interpretation first introduced in HIS1001 Introduction to Australian history and completes the narrative of that course by covering the major events that shaped Australia from war in the Pacific to the Kevin Rudd years.

This course explores the social, economic, political and cultural history of Australia from World War II to the present. Its themes include the persistence of racial beliefs and their impact on Australia's response to world affairs, Australia's new relations with Britain and the United States, consumerism and its effect on social order, the challenge of the social movements of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the impact of globalisation and the Culture Wars of the Howard Government. There will be further development of critical and interpretative skills through the analysis of primary and secondary sources. NOTE: Students who have already passed the old unit 95501 will not be permitted to enrol in this course.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 18 May 2022