Living in Modern Australia (HSTY2614)


This unit examines the lives of ordinary Australians from the temperate south to the tropical north as they came to terms with the social transformations of the twentieth century. Social and geographic position, age, gender, sexuality and ethnicity shaped their experience of the traumatic disturbances of the Great War, the Depression and World War II, and their response to profound changes to Australian society wrought by mass immigration, the post-war economic boom, the Cold War and the demise of White Australia.

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2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x500wd research bibliography (10%), 1x500wd essay outline (10%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x1hr exam (30%) and tutorial participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 junior credit points of History or Ancient History



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