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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

National Centre For Australian Studies


Margaret Harris



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit examines Australia's international contacts from the nineteenth century to the present day, focussing particularly on shifting relations with Britain, the United States and Asia across political, military, strategic, economic, cultural and personal levels. The unit examines how representations of foreigners and 'Others' have changed over time, and how these shaped Australian relations with the world. This will allow students to gain an understanding of how past issues continue to shape Australia's global relations, and how foreign, public and trade policy is developed.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the history of Australia's international contacts from the nineteenth century to the present day;
  2. have engaged with theoretical debates about the process and effects of Australia's experience of globalisation across political, military, strategic, economic and cultural levels;
  3. exhibit an understanding of how scientific and popular assumptions about foreigners and Others change over time, and how they relate to foreign affairs;
  4. have developed an understanding of how the history of Australia's international connections impact on contemporary situations;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of how governments construct policy to manage foreign relations;
  6. have built the capacity to research and critically evaluate topical debates regarding Australia's political, economic and cultural relations with the world;
  7. have developed skills in constructing evidence-based arguments using a variety of primary and secondary sources, and demonstrated their ability to reflect critically on what they have learnt;
  8. have developed skills in written and oral presentation and communication.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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.