The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Outline key historical debates around a specific topic of choice

2. Find and collate primary source and/or archival material on their topic of choice

3. Integrate primary and secondary sources into a research paper

4. Evaluate information, ideas, and arguments including those of diverse cultural assumptions

5. Demonstrate advanced writing and information literacy skills relevant to history.

6. Develop the ability to communicate orally at an advanced undergraduate level.


This 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.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History

Within the Bachelor of Arts program, the assumed knowledge for this course is the successful completion of HIST1001 and HIST2002.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online written assessments

Presentation: Oral presentation

Essay: Research Essay

Participation: Class Participation