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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Robert Kelly


Previously coded AUS1010


Australia's relationship with Britain from the 1900s to the present day. Topics covered include the changing orientation of Australian trade, foreign policy and cultural ties. Britain's role as the main source of Australia's migrants. Australia's drift away from Britain and towards Asia and the United States. The role of the monarchy and the debate over republicanism. Australia's widening relationships with India, Japan, SE Asia and the U.S. Post-colonial identities and exchanges: expatriates, backpackers and 'whingeing poms'.


  1. To gain an understanding of Australia's changing relationship with Britain and the monarchy.
  2. To gain an understanding of issues and events that have shaped the nation and Australia's international role.
  3. To think, discuss and write critically about the issues that effect Australian politics, culture and society.
  4. To develop students' independent research and presentation skills on related subjects.


Written exercise (500 words) : 20%
Assignment (2000 words) : 40%
Examination (2 hours) : 40%,

Chief examiner(s)

Robert Kelly

Contact hours

Three hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Australian studies