• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Alexander Cook
    • Dr Carolyn Strange
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course focuses on core issues in historical research that have stimulated debate and reflection within the discipline across time and national boundaries.  It assists students to explore those issues, developing skills in both critical analysis and problem-based research design.  The focal issue, or issues, will vary from year to year, but will include themes such as 'Nature and History', 'History and the Body', 'History and the Nation' and 'Issues in Contemporary Historical Writing'.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Analyse key issues in modern history.
  2. Formulate and respond effectively to complex historical questions.
  3. Identify and interpret primary and secondary source materials that can inform answers to those questions.
  4. Construct sustained, structured, evidence-based arguments that address questions of historical enquiry.
  5. Present, discuss and evaluate historical research in oral form.

Indicative Assessment

Document analysis exercise: 1500 words (10%) [LO: 2, 3, 4]
Research Essay – draft version: 2,000 words (20%) [LO: 2,3,4]
Research Essay – final version: 5,000 words (50%) [LO: 1, 2, 3, 4]
Tutorial presentation (15 min) (10%) [LO: 3, 4, 5]
Tutorial participation (10%) [LO: 5]


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3 contact hours per week (1 x 2 hour reading seminar and 1 x 1 hour workshop) for 13 weeks. Students are expected to spend an additional 17 hours per week completing assigned readings, conducting research, and preparing for assessments (total 260 hours).
6 contact hours per week (2 x 2 hour reading seminar and 2 x 1 hour workshop) for 7 weeks, with 14 hours course reading and assignment preparation time. 20 hours per week in the final six weeks, conducting research and writing of final essay, and preparing and presenting an oral presentation of a case study (total 260 hours).


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts).You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST8024.

Prescribed Texts

Course readings will be made available to students through Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

No preliminary reading is necessary, though students may wish to seek guidance in relation to the annual theme.

Weekly readings will combine historical documents and recent scholarship to focus on a weekly theme.  An example would be:

  • Darwin, C., The Descent of Man [1871], in Watson (ed.), Darwin the Indelible Stamp (Philadelphia: Running Press, 2005), pp.732-60.
  • Spencer, H. ‘Progress: Its law and causes’, Westminster Review, 67 (April 1857).
  • Hawkins, M. Social Darwinism in European and American Thought, 1860-1945: Nature as Model & Nature as Threat (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp.21-58.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate Major



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $5436
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $7752
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8994 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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