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AIH337 - Race, Science and Religion in Australasia 1860s to 1920s

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

Offered at Warrnambool via D@YD.

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:H Gardner

At least one unit in history at level 2 in the History major, or equivalent; or with permission.



Incompatible with: AIH135, AIH136, AIH237
Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


At the height of the imperial age scientific and religious ideas about racial differences were debated at the centre and the edges of empires. This unit examines both the theories of race that were formulated in this period and the ramifications of these ideas in the region known as Australasia: including Australia, New Guinea, Fiji and the New Hebrides. Specific topics include the Melanesian labour trade to Queensland, the conversion of Islanders to Christianity, the colonisation of the Pacific Islands and the defence and federation of the Australian colonies as the imperial powers of France and Germany sought Pacific empires. Students will develop a major research essay that will be based on a wide range of primary and secondary sources and consider the historiographical debates around these topics.



First assignment 1500 words 25%;

Research essay 3000 words 60%;

Seminar participation and research essay plan 15%.

Cloud (online):

First assignment 1500 words 25%;

Research essay 3000 words 60%;

Cloud (online) participation and research essay plan 15%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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