Australia is a migrant nation, with a rich and diverse mix of peoples, languages and cultures. In Migrant Families, we trace the journeys of ancestors who migrated to and from Australia and New Zealand, and place their lives in the context of global migration over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We explore the ways governments have shaped populations through migration and citizenship law and policy, and consider how these might have affected your ancestors’ lives.
Migrant Families develops your archival research skills in the digital age. We explore where and how to find migration records (in Australia, New Zealand and overseas) and how to use them effectively to tell your family’s migration story. The unit builds on historical research and writing skills developed in the Foundation-level Family History units.
|Unit name||Migrant Families|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||History and Classics|
|Coordinator||Doctor Kate Bagnall|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Use appropriate technologies to locate, identify and access historical records relating to migration and citizenship
- Read, interpret and evaluate historical information found in migration and citizenship records
- Research and write a biographical non-fiction account of an individual or family’s experience of migration
- Situate individual lives within the wider history of migration, particularly in relation to Australia and New Zealand
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Weekly online learning materials (e.g. short video lectures, discussions, readings, activities) (approx. 3 hours)
Online web conference discussion 2 x 1 hour
|Assessment||Four quizzes (40%)|Document analysis (20%)|Essay (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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