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History 4A (HIST40001)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeHIST40001
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Sourcing Emotions: Texts, Concepts, Histories

This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to examine the ways in which a variety of scholars have approached theorising and writing about emotions. It will consider various disciplinary approaches to the topic, by reading a range of sources on how emotions are represented, constructed, practised, and understood. A range of emotions will be explored such as anger, fear, grief, trauma, and desire as well as themes such as violence, disaster, cultural and religious encounters, and the environment. Sources will range from the late medieval and early modern to Modern Australia.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of how scholars have theorised emotions;
  • understand and reflect upon theoretical and methodological issues involved with writing a history of emotions;
  • improve research and interpretative skills by developing a research project which is theoretically informed;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a particular topic as examined in the research project; and
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse, report on and discuss all reading material.

Generic skills

  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing, completion and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • demonstrate time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment; and
  • demonstrate written communication through essay preparation and writing.

Last updated: 9 August 2019