HIS302: Australian Politics, Culture and Religion since 1788


HIS302: Australian Politics, Culture and Religion since 1788

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 2
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This unit will focus primarily on the historical interaction between politics, culture and religion in Australian history since 1788. It will examine the historiographical debates regarding the nature of Australian history. Topics will include the relationship between the first European settlers in Australia and the indigenous population; the arrival of European immigrants/settlers to Australian shores; the contribution of leading political, religious and intellectual figures to Australian nation- and state-building; the contribution of Australia to the major world conflicts and events and their effects on Australian politics and society; multiculturalism and the problem of Australian national identity.


Learning outcomes

The unit learning outcomes develop in students an awareness of the value and relevance of the study strand. On completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a detailed account of important religious, political and intellectual events, processes and personalities in Australian history;
  2. formulate and critically evaluate the nature of the historical interaction between politics, religion and culture in Australian history;
  3. assess the contribution of significant political and religious leaders in particular historical situations and appraise their overall impact on Australian society;
  4. critically examine the impact on Australian religious practices on the revolutionary movements of the 1960s;
  5. demonstrate the ability to think logically, read critically and analyse situations, and originate responsible solutions to problems;
  6. consolidate reflective practice and recognise interrelationships of issues in order to synthesise meaning;
  7. undertake original research, thoughtfully evaluate material and apply to new challenges;
  8. summarise information and communicate in a logical and coherent manner;
  9. competently present clear written expression, logical essay structure and appropriate use of referencing and bibliography to comply with the strict conventions of academic writing;
  10. ability to work constructively in a group and actively participate in tutorial events.



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