Choose any ONE of a number of questions relating to Topics 1-5 and answer it in an essay of about 1,800 words (1,750-1,850 acceptable limits). Essay question choices and more details are available on the HIST19031 Moodle course website, under Essay 1 in the Assessment Block.
Before commencing the essay, read the essay-writing and referencing guides provided in Moodle, as well as studying the sample essay. Footnote references and a bibliography must be provided using the Turabian style. Footnotes and bibliography must include a minimum of six tertiary-standard academic works of your own finding, in addition to the set textbook/s, study guide and Course Resource Online readings for the particular topic. The CQUni Library holds a wide range of authoritative works on each topic as well as many general histories and history journals in hardcopy and electronic formats.
Before submission, ensure your essay adequately meets the assessment criteria below.
Assessment criteria [articulated with learning outcomes]
• presentation of accurate, relevant and unbiased historical evidence [LO 1, 2, 3, 4 (i-vi)]
Research and referencing skills:
• evidence drawn from textbook/s, study guide and relevant CRO readings [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• evidence drawn from own research, using a minimum of six tertiary-standard academic works [LO 2, 4 (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)]
• acknowledgement of all sources of ideas/evidence (footnote) and any quotations (footnote and quote marks) [LO 3, 4(iii, vi)]
• correct use of the Turabian referencing style [LO 3, 4(iii, iv)]
• meeting the required number of words, the bulk of which should be own wording [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• logical structure/organisation of ideas [LO 4 (i, iv, v, vi)]
• clear, concise and correct written English [LO 4 (v, vi)]
• presentation in formal essay style and layout [LO 4 (iv, v, vi)]
Learning Outcomes Assessed
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1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the main theoretical approaches to and historical underpinnings of Australia's past and present foreign policy and the consequent evolving relationships with Great Britain, United States of America and selected nations of the Asia-Pacific region.
2. demonstrate a preliminary understanding of the problems of historical evidence in both primary and secondary sources.
3. demonstrate an understanding of how the construction and historical implementation of foreign policy pose questions of ethical action and social responsibility for both Australian governments and the nation in general.
4. demonstrate the following generic skills:
i. the ability to explain the significance of processes of, and approaches to, Australia's foreign policy making and the significance of historical events related to Australia's foreign relations;
ii. the ability to critique theoretical and historical interpretations of Australia's foreign policy making and foreign relations, and their applications to contemporary issues;
iii. the ability to understand and use the principle that ethical action and social responsibility are inherent in the study of history and its interpretations;
iv. the ability to locate, retrieve, organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence from both primary and secondary sources;
v. the ability to develop and communicate cogent historical argument and knowledge in written and oral forms, employing the required referencing methods where necessary;
vi. the ability to be self-directed and self-disciplined, and to show initiative.