• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Ann McGrath
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course develops a critical understanding of diverse historiographical approaches in the discipline of history. It provides students with an in-depth appreciation of contemporary historiography in order to develop skills in both critical analysis and problem-based research design.  The course will be team-taught by the School of History in seminar format to promote a community of researchers and scholars. 

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 historical enquiry from a variety of historiographical perspectives.
    2. Provide and respond to feedback in the process of identifying and formulating solutions 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. Reflect critically on the processes of historical research and writing.

    Indicative Assessment

    Class Participation: (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
    Source Review: 750 words (5%) [Learning Outcome 3]
    Research Essay - draft version): 2000 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4]
    Research Essay : 5000 words (70%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


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    3 contact hours per week (1 x 2 hour reading seminar and 1 x 1 hour workshop) for 12 weeks. Students are expected to spend an additional 7 hours per week completing assigned readings, conducting research, and preparing for assessments (total 130 hours).
    Weeks 1-6: 6 contact hours per week (2 x 2 hour reading seminar and 2 x 1 hour workshop), with 4 hours course reading and assignment preparation time. Weeks 7-12: 10 hours per week conducting research and writing of final essay, and preparing and presenting an oral presentation of a case study (total 130 hours).

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST4011

    Prescribed Texts

    An e-brick consisting of primary material and scholarly essays will be compiled and made available on WATTLE.

    Preliminary Reading

    Weekly readings will combine historical documents and recent scholarship.  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.


    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.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $3216
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $4590
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    4550 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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