This course aims to induct students into the historian's craft. In particular, it will assist students to undertake an historical research project using primary source materials, and to present their work in a form appropriate to its subject matter, purpose and audience. Through a program of seminars, site visits, workshops, and feedback, each student will formulate a research question, work with a variety of historical sources, and construct a research output. Students will be invited to reflect on questions of method, ethics, audience and presentation in historical research and communication. All students undertaking a history major will be required to complete this course. The course encourages students to 'identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of History' (History Level 7 Threshold Learning Outcomes).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and select from a range of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past in designing a methodologically sound historical research proposal;
- locate and interpret a wide variety of primary source materials and secondary literature relevant to that project;
- provide and respond to feedback in the process of developing historical project work;
- construct an evidence-based historical argument in a form suitable to its content, stated purpose and target audience;
- reflect on and apply the discipline's ethical conventions; and
- Class Participation (includes attendance hurdle requirement) (10) [LO 2,3]
- Research Report (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,5]
- Final Project (4000 word essay or 20 minute pod/vidcast) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time
a) 36 contact hours over 12 weeks: typically comprising 24 hours of seminars; 6 hours for fieldwork/site visits; 6 hours for individual consultation with tutors/skills workshops/peer-to-peer learning.
b) 94 hours in independent student, research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath, How to Write History That People Want to Read. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2009.
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