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Becoming Australians: Nineteenth Century Subjects (6 points)


Leader: Marian Quartly

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: What did it mean to be an Australian before the birth of the Australian state? What did it mean to be a British subject in Australia? This unit looks at Australia before federation. It asks how different groups in colonial society defined themselves, and were defined by colonial and imperial institutions. And it asks how the idea of the nation grew (and sometimes faltered) within the imperial frame. Particular objects of study include convicts, dispossessed Aboriginal communities, the colonial middleclass, colonial democracy, the Irish and Chinese communities, unionists, rural communities, the 'urban poor', suburbanites, liberal democrats, and republicans and other nationalists.

Assessment: Class participation: 10% + Tutorial paper (500 words): 15% + Book review (750 words): 15% + Research essay (2250 words): 35% + Examination (1 hour): 25%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: a first year sequence in History or permission

Prohibitions: HSY3325

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