• Class Number 3803
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • 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
SELT Survey Results

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.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Debates in Historiography
2 Was there a global Middle Ages?
3 Does agency matter to political history?
4 Are the social categories of 'women' and 'men' universal concepts for historical analysis?
5 Can we trust historical accounts of the ancient world?
6 Has racism been integral to European, particularly British, imperialism and colonialism?
7 Does the city belong in environmental history? Research Essay Outline & Bibliography due - Friday 22 April, 5pm
8 Does the history of humanitarianism belong in the history of war?
9 Was the nation-state the inevitable political form of post-colonial societies?
10 What is the role of the individual in History?
11 Is there a place for microhistory in the era of global history?
12 Conclusion Reflection Journal due - Friday 27 May, 5pm

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Research Essay - Outline and Annotated Bibliography 25 % 22/04/2022 1,2, 3, 4
Reflection Journal 15 % 27/05/2022 2,3
Research Essay (Final) 50 % 06/06/2022 1,2,3,4,5
Class Contribution 10 % * 1,2,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 22/04/2022
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).

Select one of the debates covered in the course and consider its relevance to your own research interests. In the Draft Essay Outline, briefly situate this debate in its historiographical context and outline its contribution to the relevant field of historical enquiry. For instance, how might the debate inform your understanding of a particular area of historical research? In the Annotated Bibliography component, justify your selection of at least 4 scholarly sources for your Research Essay.

Draft Essay Outline (1200 words)

  • Introduction
  • 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

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 27/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Reflection Journal

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 research. 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

Value: 15%

Due date: Week 12 – Friday 27 May 5pm

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 06/06/2022
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:

  • give the essay a title at the top of the first page.
  • provide 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.
  • offer a complete and carefully arranged bibliography, which forms the basis for complete and accurate footnotes (Chicago Manual of Style).

Word limit: 5,000 words

Value: 50%

Due date: Monday 6 June, 5pm

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

Class Contribution

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.

Value: 10%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • 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.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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