Debates in Australian History

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: Griffith University
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About this unit

Debates in Australian History, an online unit provided by Griffith University, is an exploration of key aspects of Australian history. This unit covers a range of key events in Australian history, including the arrival of European settlers and establishment of a penal colony, and how interpretations of our history have shaped our modern identity. 

Through the analysis and interpretation of primary sources, this unit will also discuss issues surrounding subjectivity, with particular reference to historical inquiry into Australian history. For example, you will examine how historical ‘knowledge’ can be shaped by underlying assumptions related to race or gender.

The unit provides students with an opportunity to develop their essay writing skills, and a basic understanding of historiography and historical debates. Part of the course is assessed through active online discussions. Consequently, this unit also helps students to develop their capacity to analyse and summarise historical issues orally, as well as in written form.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply.

Areas of study

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

  • The past
  • Understanding history

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation for the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University

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How will this unit advance my career?

Debates in Australian History provides students with insight into some of the key arguments framing enquiry into Australian history, from the origins of modern Australia with the arrival of European settlers to academic discussion of the convicts who represented a significant proportion of these settlers.

The unit provides ample opportunity to work directly with primary sources. It will also require students to be able to identify and evaluate contrasting interpretations of Australian history, and then incorporate these evaluations into a coherent argument. Additionally, this unit provides a basic introduction to historiography and the historical trends and modes of thought that have shaped and informed discussion of some of the key events and themes in Australian history.

Successful completion of this unit should leave students equipped with basic skills to analyse history within a cultural context and understand how the past can be viewed as a ‘cultural construction.’ 

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Debates in Australian History from Griffith 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 HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP may be 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 a government FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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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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