• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Francis Bongiorno
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course aims to induct students into the historian’s craft. In particular, it will assist students to undertake an historical research project using primary source materials, and to present their work in a form appropriate to its subject matter, purpose and audience. Through a program of seminars, workshops, site visits and feedback, each student will formulate an independent research proposal, conduct research using a variety of historical sources, and construct a research output. Students will be invited to reflect on questions of method, ethics, audience and presentation in historical research and communication. All students undertaking a history major will be required to complete this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1.      identify and select from a range of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past in designing a methodologically sound historical research proposal

2.       locate and interpret a wide variety of primary source materials and secondary literature relevant to that project

3.       provide and respond to feedback in the process of developing historical project work

4.       construct an evidence-based historical argument in a form suitable to its content, stated purpose and target audience

5.       reflect on and apply the discipline's ethical conventions

6.       'identify and relfect on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of History' (History Level 7 Threshold Learning Outcomes)

Indicative Assessment

  • Primary Source Evaluation (750 words) 20% (LO 2) 
  • Research Project Proposal (1000 words) 20% (LO 1, 3, 4 and 5)
  • Research Project (3000 words) – “Beta Test Version” 20% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)  
  • Research Project (4000 words) – “Final Alpha Version”: 40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)

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130 hours over the semester, including 13 workshops (13 X 2 hours); at least 2 site visits (2 X 2 hours); and 1 hour of individual consultation with a project supervisor.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of History (HIST) courses, (which may include EURO1004) or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST2139.

Prescribed Texts

Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath, How to Write History That People Want to Read. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2009.



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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2830 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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