Disturbing Episodes in Australian History WEA Sydney

Thanks for adding:

Proceed to Checkout

Continue browsing

X
F2F ONL

Print this page Disturbing Episodes in Australian History

Available Classes

$43 Limited inc GST

Disturbing Episodes in Australian History

<p>There are some disturbing episodes in our colonial and contemporary history and politics which fail to generate national pride. The Tampa refugee crisis of 2001 is sometimes referred to as the “

...

There are some disturbing episodes in our colonial and contemporary history and politics which fail to generate national pride. The Tampa refugee crisis of 2001 is sometimes referred to as the “children overboard” incident. It began two decades of extremely harsh refugee policies. The Myall Creek Massacre of 1838 marked the first time in NSW history where white colonialists were held responsible for the massacre of Aboriginal Australians. These are two of a larger number of disturbing case studies. We should consider each case study in the political and historical context of its time and determine why such episodes occurred, who benefitted from them and what longer term consequences emanated from these disturbing episodes.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Elder, Bruce, 2003, Blood on the Wattle : Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australia Since 1788, New Holland, ISBN 10 : 1741100089
  • Bryant, Nick, 2015, The Rise and Fall of Australia : How a Great Nation Lost Its Way, Bantam, ISBN 10: 0857989022
  • Jackson, Stewart, 2022, Australian Politics in the 21st Century : Old Institutions, New Challenges, CUP, ISBN 10 : 1009108239

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The colonial period including the Myall Creek Massacre of 1838, the Rum Rebellion and the removal of Governor Bligh in 1808
  • The 20th century including the British atomic testing regime of the 1950s and white Australia policies of Federation in 1901-1960s
  • The 21st century including the Tampa refugee crisis of 2001 and the bugging of the East Timor cabinet deliberations in 2004 by the Howard/Downer government

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  1. Determine what might constitute an episode being labelled “disturbing” in our history and contemporary politics
  2. Discuss what factors contributed to the events in each case study
  3. Understand the longer term consequences of the key events and the policies of the power brokers in each of the different historical and contemporary episodes

Judith King

Dip Ed, MA
Judy King MA, Dip Ed has taught History and Politics at WEA since 2011. Before then, she taught HSC Modern History, Ancient History and English in NSW public schools for many years. She has also...