• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Maria Nugent
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course seeks to enhance students’ skills in historical analysis, writing and presentation. Students enrolled in this course will study a range of periods and places through a variety of historical texts and genres. Through seminars led by professional historians, they will explore diverse means of presenting research findings, including visual and oral presentation. They will reflect on their own practices through studying the art and craft of historical practice. Through peer workshops, students will develop their own abilities in the design and presentation of a research project. Collectively, the components of the course provide extended analysis of, and training in, methods of expression and communication within the discipline of history. The development of these skills will have much broader professional applications. 


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify analytical strategies and rhetorical devices within historical texts and other genres for the expression of historical thinking;
  2. evaluate the role of such devices in effectively communicating with different audiences;
  3. articulate and defend choices in the periodisation and presentation of their own research;
  4. communicate their research results in written and oral and other formats; and
  5. provide constructive feedback to others in relation to issues of historical analysis, writing and presentation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Reflective essay on the identification and interpretation of primary evidence in historical analysis 1500 words (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Oral presentation, with written summary to follow, of original case study research (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Peer review of draft thesis chapters: 1 x 1000 word critique, 1 x 1000 word response to critique (20) [LO 1,3,5]
  5. Presentation of thesis results in a public forum (i.e. presentation in History Honours symposium) 2000 words (25) [LO 1,3,4,5]

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.


6 contact hours per week (2 x 2 hour seminars and 2 x 1 hour workshops) over six weeks. Students are expected to spend an additional 17 hours per week completing assigned readings, researching and preparing for assessments. After the workshops, students are expected to devote 17 hours per week to prepare for, deliver and respond to peer reviews (total 240 hours).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

The convener will set an introductory suite of historiographical readings on key issues in history for the first week. Eight session leaders will set assigned and supplementary readings that reflect their expertise on historical topics ranging from late-Medieval to contemporary history.

Preliminary Reading

All readings will be available through the course's Wattle site.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $7680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $9960
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6005 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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