History Honours IV - Thesis II

Course code HIST4080Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

HIST408O must be studied in conjunction with HIST4050, HIST4060, and HIST4070, which together comprise the full History Honours program. For purposes of enrolment, timetabling and program flexibility, HIST4080 may be identified as 'Thesis II'. 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 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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 'Theory and Practice of History' (HIST4050), a compulsory course of seminars which introduce students to major debates and schools of modern historiography. The second element is one semester-long 'Special Study' course, comprising two seven week topics (HIST4060). These topics provide in-depth coverage of 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 subjects as a major sequence for the BA. 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 AssignmentsMinor thesis 15,000 words
Essays / Written AssignmentsThesis proposal 500-700 words
Other: (please specify)HIST4080 'Thesis II' must be studied in conjunction with HIST4050, HIST4060, and HIST4070 which together constitute the History Honours program. HIST4080 'Thesis II' comprises 25% of the full program; together with HIST4070 it comprises 50%.
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for HIST4080