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Focuses on the transformation of working life in nineteenth and twentieth century Australia and changes in management. Considers; the origins and development of the Australian labour movement and laborism. Themes covered include
The nature and purpose of historical inquiry and research methods
The origins and development of labour markets and trave unions
The emergence of working class culture and consciousness
The influence of gender, race, ethnicity and locality on worker outlook and agency
Worker political mobilisation and the rise of party politics
The role of the state in industrial relations
The of radical ideologies
Immigrant and Aboriginal workers and the rose of women in paid employment