HIST554 Imagining Australia: Empire, Nation, Sovereignty

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST454
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Matthew Allen (mallen28@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Understanding the emergence of national consciousness has long been a central preoccupation of Australian historical writing. This unit considers concepts of imperialism, nationalism and sovereignty in Australian history and historiography, with an emphasis on their treatment in recent historical writing. Topics to be studied include: national identity; popular sovereignty; republicanism; the transition from a White Australia to multiculturalism; gender; Federation; war; Britishness; Aboriginality; and ideas of place. Assessment will be by assignment work.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically analyse, from an historical perspective, the concepts of nationalism, imperialism and sovereignty;
  2. present a coherent and sustained argument demonstrating an advanced body of knowledge of the changing meanings of nation, empire and sovereignty, as ways of belonging, in the Australian context, and to test the capacity of historical perspectives to shed light on developments in contemporary Australian society;
  3. demonstrate advanced knowledge of recent trends in Australian historiography;
  4. critically evaluate and reflect on the concepts of race, ethnicity, class and gender in an Australian historical and historiographical context; and
  5. apply advanced knowledge of research principles and methods in the close reading and analysis of primary sources and secondary authorities.