Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Professor Alistair Thomson


Previously coded HSY2300


Twentieth century Australians has witnessed dramatic change, from: white Australia to multicultural Australia; 'Australia unlimited' to environmental crisis; British colonies to Asian-Pacific nation; assimilation to Apology. Women's roles have transformed and war is now central to our history and identity. None of these changes have been easy; all have been contested and offer continuing challenges. In this unit you will explore key themes in twentieth century Australian history, and develop historical skills and understandings by using online primary sources including: oral histories, letters and diaries, photographs, newspapers, government records and official enquiries.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. distinguish the key moments of demographic, economic, environmental, social and political change in twentieth-century Australia.
  2. understand the changing character of Australian society and state.
  3. identify the incidence of conflict and consensus in Australian social and political life.
  4. apply analytical frameworks such as race, gender, class, ethnicity and power to twentieth-century Australian history.
  5. recognize how such key concepts are used by historians of twentieth-century Australia.
  6. apply a range of primary sources to support historical arguments about themes in twentieth century Australian history.


Class participation: 10%
Internet source analysis (1500 words): 25%
Research essay (2500 words): 40%
Examination (1-hour): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week

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


A first-year sequence in History or permission


ATS3587, HSY2740, HSY3740