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      • Germany and Oz: Friends to Enemies

        “Australia and Germany stand today as two countries with shared values, shared global interests and strong links between our people,” as in 2012 the then Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, put it. We will look at different stages of the special and colourful German-Australian relationship in the 20th Century, from the Australians fighting the Germans in two world wars, German political refugees, to engaging in peaceful international relations as partners and friends today. We will explore and discuss – using multimedia tools – these and other topics of the fascinating German-Australian relationship, providing also a new awareness and appreciation of Australian-German heritage and interaction.


        • Introduction
        • Germany and Australia in the ‘Great War’: Among the topics we will discuss are Australia’s first naval victory against Germany in November 1914, the Sydney – Emden encounter at the Cocos Islands, ‘Aussies’ fighting the ‘Huns’ in the trenches of France, German POWs in Australia, the role of propaganda as well as the signing of Australia’s first international treaty: the Versailles Peace Treaty 1919.
        • Germany and Australia in World War II: The sinking of the Sydney II in 1941 by the German raider Kormoran and Australian troops fighting Rommel’s German army in Africa.
        • German Refugees and Prisoners of War in Australia: The German Jewish refugees escaping to Australia in the 1930s and the German POWs in Australia.
        • Australian-German postwar political and cultural relations
        • From Enemies to Friends: Germany & OZ, 1945 to today

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Develop a better understanding of the Germans in Australia and the relationship between both countries in the 20th century;
        2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past;
        3. Develop skills in interpreting evidence and historical scholarship.
      • Nice, the Beautiful

        Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Through the ages, the town has changed hands many times. For centuries it was a dominion of Savoy, then returned to Piedmont-Sardinia until its re-annexation by France in 1860. The natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate attracted the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century, creating the famous promenade des Anglais. It particularly appealed to some of Western culture’s most outstanding painters, such as Chagall and Matisse. Today, Nice is one of France’s most visited cities with over 4 million tourists/year.


        • History of Nice from ancient Greek to Contemporary
        • The influence of the 18th century English Upper Class on Nice’s architecture and culture
        • Famous artists in Nice, their impact on the city
        • Walks in the Vieux-Nice

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Understand French history through the history of Nice
        2. Discover the beauty of Nice, the cultural capital of the Cote d’Azur
        3. Walk through famous places and buildings in Nice
      • Yellowstone & Royal – The World’s First National Parks

        In 1872 the world’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park was proclaimed. It inspired US Republican President Theodore Roosevelt to become a champion for conservation. In 1879 the ‘Royal’ National Park, south of Sydney, was proclaimed as the world’s second national park. Discover how these first national parks ignited a new paradigm for viewing, protecting and valuing the environment for both the US and Australia.


        • Alex Colley & Henry Gold, Blue Mountains World Heritage, Colong Foundation for Wilderness, 2004
        • Corey J.A. Bradshaw & Paul R. Ehrlich, Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie, Australia, America and the Environment, The University of Chicago Press, 2015
        • Drew Hutton & Libby Connors, A History of the Australian Environment Movement, Cambridge University Press, 1999
        • Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, The National Parks, America’s Best Idea, An Illustrated History
        • Kim Heacox, The National Parks, An Illustrated History, 100 Years of American Splendor
        • Peggy James, Cosmopolitan Conservationists, Greening Modern Sydney, Australian Scholarly, 2013
        • Geoff Moseley, The First National Park, A Natural for World Heritage, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, 2012
        • Martin Mulligan & Stuart Hill, Ecological Pioneers, A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action, Cambridge University Press, 2001


        • Yellowstone National Park:
          • Background to the establishment of Yellowstone National Park
          • US ‘National Park’ President Theodore Roosevelt
          • 1800s-1980s environmental protection and national park legislation in United States.
        • Royal National Park:
          • Background to the establishment of Royal National Park – Royal Commission into plague in Sydney, Victorian values of Nature recreation and how they were made possible with expansion of railway system
          • NSW Premiers who signed off on significant new national parks – John Roberstson, William McKell, Tom Lewis, Neville Wran and Bob Carr
          • 1800s-1980s environmental protection and national park legislation in Australia.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to understand:

        1. the 19th century national parks movement in USA and Australia that was a critical step in building each nation’s environmental awareness.
        2. the growth and influence of the environment movement in the United States and Australia that emerged from the ‘national park movement’.
        3. the evolution of different ideas about why national parks were important eg acclimatization, recreation, habitat protection, scientific understanding of ecosystems and the concept of ‘rights of nature’.
        4. Significant events and campaigns that contributed to popular awareness of national parks.
        5. Responses of governments, including Australian government, and international organisations to environmental threats since the 1960s including world heritage listing.
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