History Workshop

Course code HIST3003Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This is a final capstone compulsory course for the History major within the Bachelor of Arts program. It will allow students the exciting opportunity to develop their own research project. It will allow students to extend their knowledge of a specific topic, and engage in an in depth research and writing exercise. The course will begin with introductory sessions, and will then, using the skills developed, allow students to focus on their own area of interest. There will be a range of choices that may include medieval and early modern history; modern European history; American History; Australian history and transnational history.
This course is compulsory for History majors within the Bachelor of Arts program; others who are studying History are also welcome.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of the course students will be able to:
• Outline key historical debates around a specific topic of choice.
• Find and collate primary source and/or archival material on their topic of choice
• Integrate primary and secondary sources into a research paper
• Evaluate information, ideas, and arguments including those of diverse cultural assumptions
• Demonstrate advanced writing and information literacy skills relevant to history.
• Develop the ability to communicate orally at an advanced undergraduate level.
ContentThis course will begin with an introduction to advanced research skills in History, including on-line databases and primary source material. We will focus on the ways students might develop and research their own project. Students will then choose an area of research. Subject to approval by the course convener, these topics might focus on aspects of national histories such as those of the United States or Australia; on historical periods including the Early Modern or a decade such as the 1960s; on issues in History such as sexuality or international relations or on the nature of history itself, through historiographical studies. Students will develop their own research topics, which will be developed into an oral presentation and a long research essay. Students will be assisted along the way by a series of scaffolding exercises, done in class and online.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in History
Within the Bachelor of Arts program, the assumed knowledge for this course is the successful completion of HIST1001 and HIST2002.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch essay and written exercises total 8000 words 70%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionIn seminars and online, 10%
Presentations - IndividualWork in Progress, oral presentation 20%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST3003