2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week
1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week
*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery
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, fieldwork and online in a rich mix of text, visual materials and applied learnings.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive value of an area studies approach uniting historical and geographical approaches to understanding the Australian experience
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship
Analyse a range of materials, from traditional primary and secondary sources to landscapes and the built environment, relating to past and present Australian society
GLO3: Digital literacy
Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary arguments about space from suburban sprawl, inner-urban revival and the patchwork economy within a historical context
Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous-settler relations, especially the transformation from an Indigenous hunter-gatherer society to a globalised capitalist economy in 21st century
Demonstrate an understanding of Australian society past and present in a global/international context
Demonstrate an understanding of Australia's democracy from its remarkable rise in the 19th century to contemporary political visions
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIA105 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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