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AIA105 - Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
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Unit chair:T Luckins




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Contact hours:

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

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit in Australian Studies takes a long historical and broad geographical view of Australia. From the age of European expansion and “discovery”, it considers key moments in Australia’s history – its convict foundation, battles for territory between settlers and the indigenous population, the gold rushes, Federation, Depression, war and reconstruction, the Whitlam era of reform to the resurgence of conservatism – and interconnects these to some vital spaces. Thus AIA105 examines how indigenous land uses were replaced by different forms of agriculture in the 19th century, defying the environmental realities of the continent; how Melbourne became one of the great Victorian cities in the 1880s; how suburbs emerged along consumerism and gendered domestic ideals; how the conservation movement intersected with indigenous land rights; and how Australia engaged with a globalising world in the late 20th century. Along with these transformations of space over time, went different visions of Australia – as a yeoman democracy, as the workingman’s paradise, as the suburban dream, the lucky country and as a reconciled land of diversity. How and why these changes occurred will be explored through classes, readings, field work and online in a rich mix of text, visual materials and applied learnings.


Home and Social Environment Exercise 1000 words, 25%

Group Work Assignment 500 words, 15%

Research Essay 1500 words, 40%

Exam 20%

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