HST204 Twentieth Century Australia (8)

This subject takes a thematic approach to Australian history with an emphasis on social history. In particular, it explores many of the events, debates and developments that have shaped Australian history in the twentieth century.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed HST-2044

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate expanded knowledge of twentieth century Australian history
  • be able to demonstrate their awareness of the range of events, debates and developments that have shaped Australian history in the twentieth century
  • be able to assess and interpret evidence drawn from a range of sources
  • be able to demonstrate their capacity to use primary sources in archives and libraries
  • be able to demonstrate enhanced competencies for critical thinking and expression


This subject will cover the following topics:

-Topic 1: Federation: birth of a Nation? -Topic 2: Australians at War (1914-1918 and 1939-1945) -Topic 3: 'Australia Unlimited'-building and settling Australia in the twentieth century -Topic 4: Australians at home and work -Topic 5: Inclusion and exclusion: Aborigines, Catholics, Women, Homosexuals and Migrants -Topic 6: Australian political extremism in the twentieth century -Topic 7: 'Reds under the bed'. Australia in the Cold War (1945-1990) -Topic 8: Religion and Spirituality in Australia in the twentieth century -Topic 9: 'Bridging the gap between the rich and the poor'. Social reforms of the ALP 1941-1998. -Topic 10: Towards a new century


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.