Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


Topics 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

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2