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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35171 TTh
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
SZB 370

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. This course examines contemporary Australia in light of its unique geography and history. Students will study the various physical, historical and psychological influences on the current Australian political landscape. Examples of influences that have shaped contemporary Australian politics include the physical origins of this great continent of the Southern hemisphere, the experience of Indigenous Australians who first ventured across the land some 40,000 years ago, the establishment of Australia as a British penal colony and subsequent European settlement. Results from Australia's two national Deliberative Polls provide insight into the crucial issues facing Australia today: its identity as a nation - whether to become a republic or remain a constitutional monarchy; its multiculturalism, including the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians; and its role in the world - whether to align more with Great Britain, USA or Asia. Students will gain insight into both the process and analysis of Deliberative Polling as applied to Australian public policy issues.

Grading Policy

Class Attendance and participation: 20% Research Project: 25% Take Home Exam: 25% Group Project: 20% Group Presentation: 10%


Readings will include some of the usual historical texts, but will also incorporate a sampling of some of Australia's best fiction, for example, Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang,- works which shed light on the psyche and soul of contemporary Australia. A compilation of Readings will be available for sale at the University Co-op. A sample of books to be consulted include: Geoffrey Blainey, A Shorter History of Australia. Mandarin Books, Sydney 2000 (paperback) Tim Bonyhardy and Tom Griffiths.  Words for Country: landscape and language in Australia.  2001. Peter Carey: A True History of the Kelly Gang. Vintage Books (Random House), New York. 2002. John Gasciogne.  The Enlightenment and the Origins of European Australia. Cambridge. 2002. Luise Hercus, Flavia Hodges, Jane Simpson.  The Land is a Map: Placenames of Indigenous Origin in Australia.  Pandanus. 2002. Owen Hughes, Australian Politics. Macmillan Education Australia. 1998 Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore Dean Jeansch. Australian Politics.  Derek McDougall, Australian Foreign Relations. Addison Wesley Longman Australia. Melbourne 1998. Hugh Mackay.  The Generations. Macmillan. Sydney. 1997. McKenna, M.  Looking for Blackfella's Point: An Australian History of Place.  NSW 2002. Sally Morgan, My Place. David Tacey, The Edge of the Sacred. Ross Terrill, The Australians: The Way we are Now. 2003. Richard Trudgeon, Why Warriors Lie Down to Die. Pemulway. 


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