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History for Historians (HIST40030)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeHIST40030
Semester 1
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History for Historians is designed to enable History students to reflect critically upon their discipline: its history, its theory, its methods, and its practice. Such reflection will enhance students' research for, and writing of, their theses, and the assessment tasks directly incorporate students' thesis research. For these reasons, this seminar is compulsory for all students enrolled in pure History Honours. Students will be introduced to key developments in historiography from early modernity to post modernity. They will examine the application of a range of social theories and methodologies to the practice of History. They will also approach the task of their own research and writing of history through sessions on archival and bibliographical searches, on developing skills of historiographical analysis, on the use of written, oral, and visual sources, and on the creative act of transforming these historical sources into interpretative narratives to communicate to others.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • understand key developments in the history of History;
  • understand significant issues in the theory and practice of history;
  • develop skills in research and writing directly relevant to their honours theses;
  • have an understanding of the theoretical and methodological issues involved in historical analysis; and
  • engage in independent critical inquiry and research-based writing.

Last updated: 14 August 2019