Courses offered at Flinders


INTR2002 The Modern International System
Dr JE Fitzpatrick

This topic will examine the development and expansion of the ‘modern international system’ from the mid-19th century to through to the beginning of the 21st century. It will focus particularly on the following themes: patterns of imperial expansion; ‘decolonization’ and post-imperial state-making; the relationship between major periods of war (including the Cold War) and post-war territorial and economic settlements; and the growth in the political dominance of the concept of the ‘nation-state’.

 ELECTIVES (Students choose 3):

HIST2022 Memory and the Politics of Difference: Sex, Race and Belonging
Dr CE Kevin

This topic investigates the importance of memories and other representations of the past in the present. It investigates the various ways that the past is remembered, and forgotten, and examines the processes of seeking, communicating and interpreting memory. The topic focuses on the ways in which memorialising practices are shaped by competing contemporary discourses, with particular emphasis on the place of the politics of race, gender and sexuality in informing national identities and other forms of belonging. It also includes an exploration of the status of personal testimonies in contexts including historical research, the media and the law. Australian issues form the core material to be considered but debates about other nations’ pasts will also be discussed. Case studies may include ANZAC, colonial frontiers, Lindy Chamberlain, the Stolen Generations, AIDS, homosexual histories, abortion, the Japanese ‘comfort women’ in World War Two and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

HIST3006 Imperialism and its Discontents: Empires Ancient and Modern
Dr MP Fitzpatrick

Why have some states attempted to impose themselves politically, militarily and economically on others? When does hegemony turn into imperialism? How have those subjected to imperialist pressures reacted? Through an investigation of a number of empires in a variety of settings, this topic will demonstrate how imperialism has been experienced throughout history. It will employ a truly global approach, in an effort to demonstrate that, while European states have historically embraced empires as a means of ordering populations, other civilisations have also developed forms of imperialism. �
As part of this investigation, students will scrutinise both primary and secondary sources, as well as conduct their own research into imperialism and reactions to it. They will also be exposed to differing historiographical methodologies.

POLI2025 The Politics of the Australian Welfare State
Dr EJ Robbins

In this topic students will critically assess the historical development of the welfare state and contemporary social policies in Australia. There will be an emphasis on understanding the role of government in its response to a range of social issues and consideration of the ideologies and values which have shaped government policy. The contemporary role of community sector organisations will be explored in the context of contracting-out of service provision. Key concepts include social justice, citizenship, mutual obligation, social coalition, social capital. These key concepts will be explored in an Australian context.

LNG2103 Language, Culture and Communication
Dr CM Mrowa-Hopkins

This topic is an introduction to the study of language, culture and communication in cross cultural contexts. Areas to be studied include contemporary issues in applied linguistics, such as how people negotiate cross-cultural communication, and how language moulds cultural practices and vice-versa.

LING3105 Intercultural Communication in Everyday Life
Dr CM Mrowa-Hopkins

This topic further examines the issues of language, culture and communication as they apply to cross-cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to explore differing norms of interaction across speech communities and how people negotiate cross-cultural communication in diverse settings, including everyday encounters and the workplace.

 ITAL3403 Italian Migration to Australia
Professor DJ O’Connor

The topic examines the history of Italian settlement in Australia in the context of Italian migration in the 19th and 20th centuries. The topic considers: the various migration phases; the reasons for emigrating; the preferred destinations; the early Italian settlers in Australia; regional migration; migration patterns; settlement areas; occupations; early Anglo-Australian attitudes; Italians and fascism; internment and the Second World War; post-war migration; assimilationism and the Italian identity; Italian communities; second and third generation Italian-Australians. A segment of the topic is devoted to the history of Italian settlement in South Australia.

No knowledge of Italian is necessary.

POLI2020 Australian Indigenous Politics
Dr EJ Robbins

This topic will examine the political situation of Australia’s Indigenous peoples as a national minority in a western democratic society. Students will explore the impact of colonisation on Indigenous Australians and consider aspects of the contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. A range of policy issues will be considered, including justice, recognition of traditional law, native title, welfare and socio-economic disadvantage. The topic will also address over-arching themes of sovereignty, reconciliation and self-determination and consider the response of Australian governments to the political agenda of Indigenous activists.

AUST 3330 Australian Studies: Cultural Theory
Dr CJ Nicholls

This multi-disciplinary topic is designed to familiarise students with contemporary Australian cultural theory and theorists and with current debates within this broad field of knowledge. It will focus on the Australian context and trace the links between international and Australian cultural theory. The relationship between cultural theory and an understanding of Australian society, culture and ‘everyday’ practices will be explored and dominant ways of making meaning will be examined. Students will learn to interpret popular cultural texts and understand the role of the Australian media in disseminating cultural meaning. Social constructs including gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality will be explored for their bearing on our ‘everyday’ Australian practices. Students will develop their critical and analytical skills to enable them to become more sophisticated readers of cultural artifacts. This topic builds upon earlier Australian Studies topics, notably Australian Studies: Identities and Australian Studies: Social and Political Cultures. Students will also find this topic relevant across the spectrum of humanities and social science degrees.

LEGL2117 Legal Fictions: Race, Crime and Sovereignty
Dr M Giannacopoulos

How are race, crime and sovereignty connected? By using the foundational legal fiction of terra nullius as the starting point, this topic proceeds to examine contemporary `legal fiction’ in order to bring into focus a number of politically charged, socio-legal issues in the area of Australian race relations. The mythological meanings surrounding a range of traditional legal concepts such as ‘equality before the law’, the ‘rule of law’, ‘racial equality’ and ‘sovereignty’ will be examined by situating these legal ideas within the context of debates around the ‘refugee crisis’, ‘ethnic crime’. We will be examining the increasing racialisation of punishment in civil as well as criminal contexts. These subject areas will be examined through critical and discursive analysis of primary legal texts as well as through social and cultural theory in order to disclose the interconnections between race, crime and sovereignty.




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