This course consists of advanced-level classes that explore history as a craft and a profession, sampling a range of topics and approaches. Students deepen their knowledge of periods, regions, and themes in history; of how historians approach the writing of history; and how to analyse original sources and construct and evaluate historical arguments. Students write research essays based on original research. The course develops marketable skills in research, critical analysis, written and oral communication, and argumentation.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) should have:
- an in-depth knowledge of selected topics and approaches in history;
- an understanding of the concepts and principles that undergird historical research and argumentation;
- developed skills involved in researching and writing major essays that use rigorous methods of source analysis;
- developed critical and analytical tools used in evaluating and using primary sources in the construction of historical interpretation;
- developed knowledge and skills that will enable critical and informed participation in the community of historians, in society, and in the work force;
- developed communication skills, both written and oral;
- built skills as above that are useful in a range of occupations;
- developed a commitment to continuous learning; and
- developed skills in gathering, organising, and processing large numbers of sources (‘data’).
Last updated: 15 July 2020