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Specialisation (formal)Year: 2019

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Please be advised that this major does not accept applications for mid-year admission. Candidates can only commence in Semester 1.

This course consists of two main parts: the writing of a thesis that constitutes an original contribution to historical knowledge and participation in seminars that explore history as a craft and a profession, sampling a range of topics and approaches. The thesis is completed under the one-on-one supervision of an experienced academic and involves original research in primary sources and the development of skills in interpreting those sources in order to construct an argument that is then situated within the existing scholarship. The course develops marketable skills in research, critical analysis, written and oral communication, and argumentation.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) should provide:

  • an in-depth knowledge of selected topics and approaches in history;
  • an understanding of the concepts and principles that undergird historical research and argumentation;
  • development of skills involved in researching and writing an independent project that constitutes an original contribution to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of source analysis;
  • development of critical and analytical tools used in evaluating and using primary sources in the construction of historical interpretation;
  • development of knowledge and skills that will enable critical and informed participation in the community of historians, in society, and in the work force;
  • development of communication skills, both written and oral;
  • build skills as above that are useful in a range of occupations;
  • encourage a commitment to continuous learning; and
  • development of skills in gathering, organising, and processing large numbers of sources (‘data’).
Last updated: 27 May 2019