Australian History Since 1901

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Australia’s national story since Federation has been one of continual change and development, and this online unit in Australian History Since 1901 will give you all the background you need to see the twentieth century from the Australian perspective.

You will begin with the jubilant moment of Federation in 1901 and follow Australia’s development through to World War I and the beginnings of a modern national identity with the rise of the ANZAC legend. You will get to know the hardship Australians faced during the Great Depression and the plight of the Stolen Generations in the early decades of the twentieth century.

The unit focuses on the female story during World War II as women kept the country moving from the home front. The booms that followed came with greater Americanisation and a suburban culture that spread across the entire country. This unit gives you the full chronological picture, all the way through the Menzies era to Whitlam’s dismissal and early environmental movements.

After a detailed study of the impacts of globalisation and multiculturalism on Australia, it finishes up with the rise of One Nation and the radical right. The unit covers a large section of Australia’s history and will give you a sense of the complex nature of our cultural identity. 

The unit is delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Macquarie University and counts towards a range of arts qualifications with Griffith University and Macquarie University.

Eligibility

It is recommended that you have studied history or politics units at levels 1 and 2 before enrolling in this unit.

Areas of study

In this Australian history unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • The move to Federation, including White Australia
  • World War I and the ANZAC legend
  • The Depression, the Right, popular culture
  • Stolen Generations
  • World War II: role of women on the home front
  • Americanisation of Australia
  • Suburban culture and youth culture
  • Menzies, the Cold War and split in the Labor Party
  • Vietnam War
  • New Left and women's liberation
  • Whitlam's policies and his dismissal
  • Nationalism and culture
  • Early environmental movements
  • Hawke-Keating period
  • Multiculturalism, media and globalisation
  • Rise of One Nation and the radical right

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

By completing this unit, you will ensure you have a thorough understanding of the events and cultural ideologies that have informed Australia’s national identity. The knowledge gained in this unit will give you a detailed knowledge of and an appreciation for the political and social landscape in which you operate.

You will gain skills in historical analysis including finding and critiquing sources, and developing sound methods of enquiry, which can inform your approach to the teaching of history subjects.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Australian History Since 1901 from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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