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This subject brings all students majoring in History together in a culminating experience involving the design, research, presentation and communication of a research-based historical project. The subject begins with a early semester conference on the theme and issues to be researched. Students undertake guided research individually and in groups and prepare a presentation and communication of that research, in essay, report, website, audio or video documentary, or other agreed form. The subject includes consideration and study of modes of innovative and imaginative presentation of historical knowledge to a range of audiences. Class time is also devoted to study of the context of the historical projects, of the different forms and functions of historical knowledge in the modern and contemporary world and to development of skills for use in the historical project. A final conference allows for presentation of some of the results of the projects and celebration of them and of the completion of three years of historical learning.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should have:
- a capacity to formulate a historical research question.
- an ability to present and communicate historical knowledge effectively and creatively in a contemporary context.
- a capacity to identify and cater historical outcomes to a target audience.
- an ability to demonstrate a familiarity with existing scholarship.
- capacity to engage with existing relevant scholarship to critique, defend or justify an argument or position.
- an enhanced understanding of the relationship of academic history to other modes of engagement with the past.
- a capacity to reflect on their own practice as historians.
- some understanding of the effects of the digital revolution on historical studies.
Last updated: 29 April 2020