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Undergraduate Course: Transforming Australia: Economic Development since 1788 (ECSH10092)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn exploration of Australia¿s economic development since 1788. Australia attained world leading income per capita by the 1850s, and sustained internationally high, but less exceptional incomes thereafter. The course will consider how the convict economy and an engagement with the world economy underpinned Australia¿s initial rise to prosperity. Australia¿s subsequent economic development to 1901 will then be investigated, with emphasis on the roles natural resources, institutions and the global forces of trade, migration and the movement of capital. The post- 1901 sections of the course will examine the rise and fall of manufacturing, the renewed growth minerals sector from the 1960s, and Australia¿s shifting, wider-world, economic relationships against the backcloth of European integration and Asian industrialization.
Course description 1. Contours and historiography of Australia¿s economic development.
2. Aboriginal legacies and the convict economy
3. The rise of the pastoral economy
4. Natural resource industries: Victoria¿s gold rush
5. The 1890s depression and new directions
6. Institutional change and regional engagement
7. Demography, migration and labour markets
8. Manufacturing and Protection after 1901-1969s
9. Capital markets and globalization
10. The post-1960 natural resources booms
11. Wealth and well-being in retrospect.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first-level historical or economics courses or equivalent, and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second-level historical or economics courses or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 3000 words which will count as 25% of the final assessment.

One two-hour degree exam which will count as 75% of the final assessment.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A substantive knowledge of Australia's economic history, and of how it was shaped by geography, institutions the wider forces of the world economy.
  2. An understanding of the theoretical perspectives of how natural resources, institutions, trade, and the migration of capital and labour influence economic development.
  3. An awareness of the quantitative record of Australia's economic growth, and of the sources upon which it is based.
  4. An ability to undertake in-depth economic-historical analysis and to present a coherent argument both verbally and in written-form, employing a range of literary, theoretical, and data-analytical skills.
Reading List
Boehm, E. A., (1971), Prosperity and Depression in Australia 1887-1897 (Oxford: Clarendon Press)

Butlin, N. G (1964), Investment in Australian Economic Development 1861-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Butlin, N. G. (1994), Forming a Colonial Economy, Australia 1810-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Fitzpatrick, Brian (1941), The British Empire in Australia (Melbourne: Macmillan).

Jackson, R. V. (1977), Australian Economic Development in the Nineteenth Century (Canberra: ANU Press).

McLean, Ian W. (2013), Why Australia Prospered (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

Maddock, Rodney and Ian W. McLean (1987) The Australian Economy in the Long Run

Meredith, David and Barrie Dyster (1999), Australia in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press)

Sinclair, W. A. (1976), The Process of Economic Development in Australia (Melbourne: Longman).

Vamplew, Wray (1987), Australians: Historical Statistics (Broadway, NSW: Fairfax).

Ville, Simon and Glenn Withers, The Cambridge Economic History of Australia, forthcoming 2014.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - ability to gather, organise and deploy evidence, quantitative data and information
- analytical ability, and the capacity to consider and solve problems, including
by using concepts and theories
- structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression
- structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression
KeywordsTransforming Australia
Course organiserProf David Greasley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3838
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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