The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020


    Learning outcomes

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

    1. acquire the scholarly skills and self-confidence necessary to conceptualise, research and compose a substantive piece of historical research;

    2. gain contextualised understanding of advanced approaches to historical studies;

    3. develop an appreciation of the complex philosophies and ideologies which inform current practice in the discipline of history;

    4. develop research and reflective skills relevant to advanced study in the humanities;

    5. develop written and oral communications skills appropriate for a professional scholarly environment.


    History 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


    This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programs.

    Assumed knowledge

    At 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.

    Assessment items

    Thesis: Thesis

    Contact hours


    Individual Supervision

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term