History Honours III Thesis I

Course code HIST4070Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

HIST407O must be studied in conjunction with HIST4050, HIST4060, and HIST4080, which together comprise the full History Honours program. For purposes of enrolment, timetabling and program flexibility, HIST4070 may be identified as 'Thesis I'. History Honours is the culmination of undergraduate teaching in the discipline of history. It provides for students who have distinguished themselves in history at 1000-3000 level and wish to explore advanced approaches in the context of detailed historical studies. As such, it forms an introduction to the world of international scholarship and research. The Honours program in history is also intended to develop and strengthen writing and research skills, challenge students intellectually and round off undergraduate studies with higher-level independent studies which will be useful in many fields of endeavour. The principal teaching style will be through seminar studies and thesis supervision.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs demonstrated by successful completion of coursework and a minor thesis, students undertaking History Honours should: acquire the scholarly skills and self-confidence necessary to conceptualise, research and compose a substantive piece of historical research; gain contextualised understanding of advanced approaches to historical studies; develop an appreciation of the complex philosophies and ideologies which inform current practice in the discipline of history; develop research and reflective skills relevant to advanced study in the humanities; and develop written and oral communications skills appropriate for a professional scholarly environment.
ContentHistory Honours consists of three principal elements. The first is 'The Theory and Practice of History' (HIST4050); a compulsory course of 13 weekly seminars which introduce students to major debates and schools of modern historiography. The second element is one semester-long 'Special Study' course, comprised of two seven week topics(HIST4060). HIST4060 thus provides in-depth coverage of two substantive areas of historical study. Thirdly, students are required to undertake the research and composition of a minor thesis (HIST4070 and HIST4080), demonstrating the ability to analyse and reflect upon a range of historical source material relating to a discrete area and construct a coherent scholarly argument.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionThis is a pre-1996 course, which has not been reviewed by CRC before. It does not replace any other course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least a credit average performance in History courses as a major sequence for the BA or BSocSci. Students must have qualified for admission to the BA or equivalent degree.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments15,000 word thesis (in conjuction with HIST4080) worth 50% of overall Honours grade.
Other: (please specify)
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST4070