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 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Ruth Morgan


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.


Within semester assessment: 75%
Exam: 25%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.