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Australian History since 1901 - MHIS209

Australia since 1901 presents a political, social and cultural history of Australia in the twentieth century. Building on the introduction to Australian history offered in MHIS109, and nineteenth century experience explored in MHIS204, Australia since 1901 outlines the development of post-Federation ‘White Australia’, through to the rise of the Right and Pauline Hanson on the cusp of the new millennium. We explore the foundations of Australian national identity and analyse the manifest social changes that redefined understandings of gender, rights and race. We will feature the central developments of the century, from the divisive impact of the First World War to economic depression, and the promise of reconstruction that grew out another disastrous world war that also reshaped Australia’s relations with the world. We will trace the everyday experiences of Australians through migration, suburbanisation, protest, and popular culture. Australia since 1901 will be of particular interest to education students who are intending to teach Australian history in schools, and provides a strong platform for 200/300 level Australian history, in MHIS202, MHIS301 and MHIS303.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (with on campus sessions)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Mark Hearn

12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): MHIS302, MHIX209
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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