• 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
    • Ben Silverstein
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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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. When possible, students will participate in the National Honours Workshop hosted by the Australian National University.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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; and
  5. present, discuss and evaluate historical research in oral form.

Indicative Assessment

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

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260 hours of total student learning time comprising:


a) 36 contact hours over 12 weeks: 1 x 2-hour reading seminar and 1 x 1-hour workshop per week 

b) 224 hours completing assigned weekly readings, conducting research, and preparing for assessments.


a) 36 contact hours during the first 6 weeks of semester: 2 x 2-hour reading seminar and 2 x 1-hour workshop per week

b) 224 hours completing assigned weekly readings, conducting research, and preparing for assessments.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of European Studies Honours (HEURO) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). 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

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.



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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $6000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $9120
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4354 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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