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.
Anyone can apply.
Areas of study
In this Debates In Australian History unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation for the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Get more information
Want more information about this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
There's plenty of support on offer for OUA students. Find out more. ______
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.
Get more information
Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
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.
Get more information
Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
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).
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.