Issues and Debates in History Education

Course code EDUC6224Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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, and 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.

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity 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.
ContentThe 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.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay exploring one or more aspects of the politics of History education.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay exploring one or more aspects of the psychology of knowing, teaching and learning History.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6224