- Code HIST2110
- Unit Value 6 units
This course will help you to become a better historian and a better analyst of historical writing. It examines the principles, strategies and assumptions underlying different forms of history. It also introduces current debates about the discipline. The course will consider key developments in historical thought and method, from the classical period to the present day. It will invite you to consider the social functions of historical writing, as well as to critically assess the methods and models employed by different schools and traditions of historical thought.
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:
- Comprehend and constructively debate key philosophical and methodological issues central to the study of history and important to other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences;
- Critically analyse the methods which have been employed by different historians and schools of historical thought in their efforts to understand and write about the past;
- Detect the underlying premises and assumptions embedded in specific pieces of historical writing and/or other forms of historical media;
- Construct sustained arguments concerning the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to the study of the past; and,
- Reflect on theoretical issues relevant to the practice of different forms of history and their implications for students’ own work.
1st Essay 1500 words (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
2nd Essay 3000 words (55%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Oral and/or written contribution to class activities (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
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Workload130 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
Preliminary ReadingPrescribed tutorial readings will be made available to students via Wattle. Students seeking to prepare via preliminary reading may like to consult texts such as:
J. Appleby, L. Hunt & M. Jacob, Telling the Truth about History (N.Y.: Norton, 1995)
J.Burrow, A History of Histories (London: Allen Lane, 2007)
A. Curthoys and J. Docker Is History Fiction? (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2005).
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