• 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
    • Ben Silverstein
    • Michael Jones
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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:

  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; and
  5. reflect critically on the processes of historical research and writing.

Indicative Assessment

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

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

Semester 1 Class Summary information (available under the Classes tab) on this publication is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available via Wattle and students should have been advised by the offering College. Find out more information on the University's response to COVID-19 here.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

130 hours of total student learning time comprising:


Either

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

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


Or

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


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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
3502 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A
4449 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online N/A

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