• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course HIST6234

This course examines the role of history and historical research in the public sphere. It is concerned with the way audiences remember, imagine and in other ways engage with the past, whether it be as tourists at a theme park, visitors to a museum or war memorial, or as media consumers, broadly defined. The history student of today might soon be contributing to documentary making, to museum curatorship, to oral history, or to the burgeoning industry around heritage management. The course is relevant to students considering such vocations, or to anyone interested in how narratives about the past are communicated publicly. The course will involve analysis of films, broadcasts and critical literature, and include site visits to major cultural institutions in Canberra. Students will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate practical skills in interviewing or other forms of historical communication such as audio-visual presentation or curatorial design.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. understand and explain how public spaces, institutions and media (broadly defined) function as sites for the dissemination of historical narratives.

2. analyse how historical narratives are used in the public realm.

3. demonstrate in their writing an ability to interpret or read non-written historical evidence that might include audio and visual sources and objects in collections.

4. understand how digitisation affects the craft of the historian.

5. demonstrate research skills that can be used in developing historical narratives in media other than conventional writing.

Indicative Assessment

A research project, of 15 minutes duration, that uses non-print media to communicate a historical narrative, 40 %  or a written treatment/design for a documentary, exhibition, memorial or other historical narrative in non-print media (1200-1500 words) (LOs 1-5)

A research essay of 3000 words, 50% (LOs 1-5)

Class participation/presentations, 10% (LOs 1, 2 and 4)

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6234.

Prescribed Texts

Ken Burns (director), The Civil War (1990) (TV documentary); Brett Morgen (director), Chicago 10: Speak Your Peace (2007) (documentary film); Martin Thomas (writer/producer), This is Jimmie Barker (2000) (radio documentary).

Assumed Knowledge

An interest in, or formal study within, the following fields would be useful background for this course: digital humanities; media studies or history; architecture and design; practical experience in filmmaking, sound recording and radio; heritage studies; art theory; memory studies; and theories of performance.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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