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The subject, conducted as six fortnightly seminars, introduces commencing graduate students to various tools and traditions of reading, writing, researching and thinking about the past. The subject will touch on a range of key methodological approaches in historiography over the past half century. Its intention is to focus students' attention on issues to do with researching and communicating knowledge of the past and on discussion of the broader role and claims of historical scholarship. We will consider changing modes of historical writing and publication, as well as the place of the PhD itself in historical training.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of a range of key methodological approaches in historiography over the past half century;
- have an enhanced awareness of the range of contemporary scholarship in their discipline or interdisciplinary area;
- demonstrate an ability to reflect on, critically evaluate and synthesise the contemporary research literatures relevant to their thesis topic;
- formulate and present the research proposal for their confirmation; and
- articulate the range of problems, concepts and theories relevant to their thesis and field of study.
Last updated: 18 December 2020