• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Alexander Cook
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course will help you to become a better historian and a better analyst of historical research, narratives and representations. It examines the principles, strategies and assumptions underlying different forms of history. It also explores current debates about the discipline and its future development. The course focuses on the development of historical practices over the past 250 years, and the character of the 'modern' discipline, but this process will be explored in the context of longer-term practices across time and between cultures. The course will encourage you to consider the social functions of historical writing as well as to explore the methods and models employed by historians within different traditions and schools of historical thought.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. comprehend and constructively debate key philosophical and methodological issues in the study of history;
  2. identify and analyse critically the methods employed by different historians in the past and today;
  3. identify and critically analyse the assumptions and premises embedded in written, visual or audio representations of the past;
  4. construct and sustain arguments in oral and written form about the strengths and weakness of particular approaches to history; and
  5. explain in oral and written form how the history and theory of histories might inform their own research and communication practices.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Article analysis or short essay (1,500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Essay; or Book Proposal, and self assessment (3000 words) (55) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Contribution to collective learning (10) [LO 4,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of History (HIST) or Ancient History (ANCH) courses (which may include EURO1004), or with permission of convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6110.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course. Weekly class source readings will be made available in electronic form.

Preliminary Reading

Recommended reading:

John Burrow, A History of Histories, New York: Knopf, 2008.

Anna Green and Kathleen Troup, The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999.

Marnie Hughes-Warrington, History as Wonder: Beginning with Historiography, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. [Inclusion of this text is approved by the Head of Department].

Daniel Woolf, A Concise History of History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge is assumed, but experienced students of history theory are also welcome.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
1
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
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
2026 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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