Australia's History Wars

Keith Windshuttle and Henry Reynolds began their “history wars” many years ago over the concepts of invasion, genocide and the stolen generations. Other historians joined in. The wars spread to include debate over the validity of the Anzac legend. In both cases revisionist historians have challenged accepted orthodox views. In recent times the debate has included the idea of the Australian identity and the controversy has affected discussion over the National Curriculum with progressive historians and conservative commentators debating the nature of what should be taught in schools. This course covers all of these debates.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Hybrid (F2F & Online simultaneously)

     

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Interpreting contact history. Did Europeans invade or just arrive and settle? These concepts are at the centre of the debate. Was John Howard right in rejecting “black armband history” or is there a need to delve into the dark area of the behavior of non-Indigenous settlers and their descendants?

  • The Anzac Legend is an accepted belief in mainstream Australian society. But historians have been questioning, firstly the validity of the Legend and secondly, the effects it has had on how Australians see themselves. Do we need to question the basic assumptions of the Anzac Legend?

  • What is the “Australian identity”? Is it Russell Ward’s Australian Legend? How has it evolved over the years and where will a multicultural society take us in redefining who we are as a nation?

  • Recent commentary from Commonwealth Minister of Education, Alan Tudge reinforce John Howard’s rejection of analytical history teaching in schools. But historians like Frank Bongiorno call for a rigorous school curriculum that teaches students to look for the truth, even if it’s ugly. Much of this debate centres around the three previous dot points. What history should be taught in Australian schools?

     

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  1. Have an understanding of the on-going debate.
  2. Gain an understanding of the political implications of the arguments.
  3. Understand the implications for teachers and other educators in Australia.
$149 Limited / $134

<p>Keith Windshuttle and Henry Reynolds began their “history wars” many years ago over the concepts of invasion, genocide and the stolen generations. Other historians joined in. The wars spread to

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11 May
$149 Limited / $134

<p>Keith Windshuttle and Henry Reynolds began their “history wars” many years ago over the concepts of invasion, genocide and the stolen generations. Other historians joined in. The wars spread to

...
11 May

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