This course explores issues and debates in History education, examining both the politics of History education and recent scholarship into the psychology of knowing, teaching and learning History. Specifically, it is concerned with historical revisionism, public memory, national mythologies, and their role in recent domestic and international history wars, and the emergence of an Australian national History curriculum. It will also address the role of historical narrative in the formation of individual, cultural, and national identity; progression in the development of historical literacy; and research into the different ways historians and adolescents interpret historical sources.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts of historical consciousness, public memory, historical revisionism, and national mythology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary politics of History education.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of research into the psychology of knowing, teaching and learning History.
The following list indicates indicative course content:
- Postmodern relativism, historical revisionism, public memory, national mythology, and the politics of history education.
- Australian and International perspectives on the history wars (including postcolonial perspectives).
- The curriculum as a site of struggle in recent history wars.
- Debates around the Australian National History Curriculum.
- Theories of historical consciousness.
- Progression in historical literacy and understanding.
- Research into the different ways historians and adolescents interpret historical sources.
- The role of historical narrative in the formation of individual, cultural, and national identity.
Written Assignment: The Politics of History Education
Written Assignment: The Psychology of Knowing, Teaching & Learning History