Writing History

Course code HIST6001Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides an overview of historiography for postgraduate students engaging with writing and researching history at an advanced level. It considers how we ask questions about the past and why the past is foundational to our understanding of the contemporary world. It explores both the theory and practice of history, including the use of written and non-written sources, and interrogates a range of ancient, contemporary and critical methodological approaches to the interpretation of the past.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. Develop advanced skills in historiography and critical approaches to the past.
2. Acquire knowledge of major historians and school of history from ancient to modern times.
3. Critically appraise historical sources and writing relevant to a particular thesis, essay or historical topic.
4. Consider philosophical, methodological and practical issues which inform good historical research and writing.
ContentTopics covered will include material from the following list:
- Creating archives
- Fathers of History - Herodotus and Thucydides
- Using national and international archives
- Empiricists and diplomatic history
- Gender and history
- Marxist theory and history
- Annales and annalists
- Oral history and memory
- Post-structuralism and post-modernism
- History wars - history and the public sphere
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable.
TransitionNot Applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot Applicable
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1: 50% (approx. 2,500 words)
Essay providing a critical review of a particular historian and their body of work.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2: 50% (approx. 2,500 words)
Essay providing a critical appraisal of a school of history chosen for its relevance to a research task such as a research essay or thesis.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term