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Forgetting the past: how post-modernist theory has replaced history in Australian universities in 2022

History Australian history Higher education Universities Australia

This report contains the systematic review of 791 history subjects offered across 35 Australian universities in 2022. It is an update of the IPA’s 2017 report, The rise of identity politics.

In summary, this audit finds that undergraduates are being failed by departments of history across the country. Those who hope that a university education will enlarge their historical understanding of humanity will disappointed because what they are being offered instead is post-modernist theory which ignores facts and linear time in favour of obsessions with identity and language, and in which traditional explanations of cause and effects are discarded as everything is reduced to a study of (purported) power relations.


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