- Class Number 3009
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Ruth Morgan
- Dr Ruth Morgan
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- analyse key issues in modern history;
- formulate and respond effectively to complex historical questions;
- identify and interpret primary and secondary source materials that can inform answers to those questions;
- construct sustained, structured, evidence-based arguments that address questions of historical enquiry; and
- present, discuss and evaluate historical research in oral form.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Summary of Activities
|Introduction: Debates in Historiography
|Was there a global Middle Ages?
|Does agency matter to political history?
|Are the social categories of 'women' and 'men' universal concepts for historical analysis?
|Can we trust historical accounts of the ancient world?
|Has racism been integral to European, particularly, British, imperialism and colonialism?
|Does the city belong in environmental history?
|Research Essay Outline & Bibliography due - Friday 22 April, 5pm
|Does the history of humanitarianism belong in the history of war?
|Was the nation-state the inevitable political form of post-colonial societies?
|What is the role of the individual in History?
|Is there a place for microhistory in the era of global history?
|Reflection Journal due - Friday 27 May, 5pm
|Research Essay - Outline and Annotated Bibliography
|Research Essay (Final)
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Research Essay - Outline and Annotated Bibliography
This assessment task is designed to prepare you for researching and writing your Research Essay (Assessment Task 3).
With your Honours project in mind, select one of the debates covered in the course and consider its relevance to your own research. In the Draft Essay Outline, briefly situate this debate in its historiographical context and outline its contribution to your own analysis. For instance, how might the debate inform your own use of evidence and research methodology? In the Annotated Bibliography component, justify your selection of at least 4 scholarly sources for your Research Essay.
Draft Essay Outline (1200 words)
· Thesis statement (argument)
· Research questions
· Key points (structured logically)
· Demonstration of understanding of relevant historiographical issues
Annotated bibliography (800 words) – minimum 4 scholarly sources
· Demonstrate source content, quality and relevance to your research essay
· Provide concise expression of the source’s argument, research methods, limits and conclusions
· Correct citations
Ensure your written expression is clear and polished, and that you apply consistent referencing standards (eg. Chicago Manual of Style).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,3
This task requires you to reflect on the contents of the course, demonstrating an understanding of the historiographical issues arising from your readings and class discussions. The journal will also provide you the opportunity, where appropriate, to apply key concepts and frameworks to examples arising in your thesis development (if relevant). The tone of the journal is informal (personal pronouns are fine).
It is an opportunity to reflect on the seminar and discussions that followed.
Word limit: 1000 words
Due date: Week 12 – Friday 27 May 5pm
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Research Essay (Final)
This should be a more polished and extended version of your Draft Essay Outline (Assessment Task 1).
For this version, you should aim for a research essay that demonstrates your incorporation (or at least, consideration) of the suggestions from feedback on the draft.
The process of polishing is one of paying attention to how you have written your account. It is not unusual for essays to change significantly at this stage, especially in terms of structure, style, and explanation.
Please ensure that your submitted work does the following in this order:
- an essay title at the top of the first page.
- a 200-300 word statement (part of the word limit) on how your work has changed since the draft version. Be as specific as possible and be certain to note how, if at all, your argument and presentation has changed.
- a complete and carefully arranged bibliography, which forms the basis for complete and accurate footnotes (Chicago Manual of Style).
Word limit: 5,000 words
Due date: Monday 6 June, 5pm
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5
Each student will be assigned a specific week to post questions for the presenter on Wattle prior to the seminar.
Additional contributions can include, but are not limited to, informed discussion of the week’s readings during the seminars and debriefs; critique of the readings; comment on independent reading in historiography, etc.
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Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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