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HSY2555 - Australian Jewry: History and Society

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Lionel Sharpe


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The focus of the unit is on the story of Australian Jewry from the beginnings of European settlement to the present day. A major element will be the contemporary Jewish community: its organisation and place in the general Australian society.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. A basic knowledge of the history of Australian Jewry from the beginning of European settlement.
  2. An understanding of the history of Australian Jewry in the context of the major developments in Jewish and general world history in the modern period.
  3. A basic knowledge of the structure, activities and dilemmas of the Australian Jewish community.
  4. An understanding of the interaction of Australia's Jews with the general Australian community.
  5. The background knowledge and understanding to analyse the problems facing the Australian Jewish community.
  6. Developed skills in discussing issues related to the historical experience of Australian Jewry.
  7. Developed skills in critical analysis of documentary and primary source materials.


Essay (2000 words): 44%
Tutorial presentation (500 words): 12%
Examination (2 hours): 44%

Contact hours

2 hour lecture per week and 1 hour tutorial per fortnight