Reading the Past

Description

This course focuses on the craft of history to explore how varied and controversial historical writing can be. Focusing on landmark events and the diverse methods employed to interpret them from the empirical to the theoretical to the unconventional, we will interrogate the process by which the past is recovered, constructed and debated. In this course, students will join a discussion about the nature and practice of history as a basis for understanding the contested nature of human experience.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically reflect on the nature of the past as a field of academic inquiry;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of at least one major set of historical events and the historical debates surrounding those events;

3. Read, recognise, and analyse a range of theoretical orientations used by historians and other scholars;

4. Identify and evaluate a number of methodologies employed by historians and other scholars, including ethical and intercultural issues as they arise;

5. Evaluate the use of a range of sources in scholarly argumentation

6. Employ a range of sources creatively, ethically and effectively in scholarly writing

7. Demonstrate advanced research and writing skills

Content

Course content in HIST2002 may include: the importance of the past; approaches to writing the past such as 'history from below', top down history, economic history, and gendered history; qualitative and quantitative methodologies for writing the past; the range and nature of sources used to construct arguments about the past, including statistics, oral evidence, documents, as well as visual and material sources; and scholarly debates about the meaning of past events. Selected studies may include: the 'history wars' in a number of countries and across a range of periods; the use of oral history in historical accounts; historical controversies; memory and history; and the various forms of public history making in film, monument and museum. Specific case studies may be included involving issues encountered by academic staff in their own research work.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3059. Students who have successfully completed HIST3059 are not eligible to enrol in HIST2002.

Assumed Knowledge

HIST1001 Europe and The World

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

In Term Test: Class test or formal examination

Participation: Participation

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks