• Class Number 5907
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Carolyn Strange
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course explores one of the key issues historians confront: how to periodise the past? By examining the impact of phenomena as small as germs and events as great as atomic detonations we can see that dynasties and revolutions are not the only events that have marked historical turning points. Through seminars led by professional historians and peer workshops, students will develop their capacity to design and present their research projects. The course  will also train students to effectively communicate research orally.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of periodisation in history;
  2. demonstrate the capacity to apply the concept of periodisation to various fields and periods of history;
  3. critically analyse the range of documentary resources and historical interpretations considered in the course;
  4. demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills; and
  5. present, discuss and evaluate historical material in oral form.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is delivered in two modules: a concentrated six-week period, with two seminars per week up to the semester break, followed by three peer workshops in late October and early November. The convenor (Strange) will lead all classes and deliver sessions 1-3 and 11-12. Sessions 4 to 10 will be led by the School of History's experts in the periods and subjects listed. Please note: depending on instructors' availability, some of the class topics may change. Workshops for students’ presentations (sessions 13-14) will be held AFTER the semester break. The staging of oral presentations will occur at a School symposium to be held late in November (i.e. during the final week of the examination period).

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

Readings selected by the experts and the Convenor are available through the ANU Library and links will be posted on the course Wattle site.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, 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

  • The Convenors will provide written and verbal feedback to individual students and the cohort. However, students will also give and receive feedback from their fellow students.

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 Periodisation: What Counts, and Why? Readings completed in advance
2 The Politics of Periodisation Readings completed in advance
3 Can every field of History be Periodised? Readings completed in advance
4 Plumbing 'Deep Time' Readings completed in advance (and pre-posted questions)
5 When and Where was the Medieval Period? Readings completed in advance (and pre-posted questions)
6 Discerning the Early-Modern Period Readings completed in advance (and pre-posted questions)
7 The French Revolution: Multiple Periodisations Readings completed in advance (and pre-posted questions)
8 How to Periodise Colonisation? Readings completed in advance (and pre-posted questions)
9 Feminism: 'Waves' or Periods? Readings completed in advance (and pre-posted questions)
10 Fascism in Temporal Perspective Readings completed in advance (and pre-posted questions)
11 Periodising your own work (peer workshop 1) Feedback prepared in advance
12 Periodising your own work (peer workshop 2 and presentations) Feedback prepared in advance
13 Oral Presentations (workshop 1) Giving and receiving Feedback
14 Oral Presentations (workshop 2) Giving and receiving Feedback

Tutorial Registration

Seminar class: all students must attend each seminar session.

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage .

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Primary Document Exercise 15 % 11/08/2023 1,2, 3, 4
Historical Case Study 35 % 28/08/2023 1,2, 3, 4
Thesis Presentation Text 25 % 17/11/2023 1,2, 3, 4
Thesis Presentation 15 % * 3,4,5
Session Participation 10 % * 1,5

* 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.


All presentations will take place in person. Remote participation is allowed only under exceptional circumstances.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 11/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2, 3, 4

Primary Document Exercise

Choose ONE primary document relevant to your honours research and select THREE readings (one from each of the first three sessions) to explore how you might interpret it as a turning point. Write an essay that explains why you have chosen this document and these readings and defends why it signifies a turning point.

LENGTH: 1500 words

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 28/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2, 3, 4

Historical Case Study

Choose a topic from your thesis OR an historical event, practice, idea, movement, etc. suitable for a case study in periodisation. Write an essay that argues how and why it should be periodised. Select at least five secondary sources that are relevant to your topic and the problem of periodisation and include an annotated bibliography.

Your essay should follow this template:

1. Your introduction and argument (approx. 300 words)

2. Body of paper (approx. 2000 words)

3. An annotated bibliography of secondary sources (approx.. 700 words)

LENGTH: 3000 words

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 17/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2, 3, 4

Thesis Presentation Text

This text should be an overview of your thesis, which touches on all chapters and your most significant findings.

It must include:

1.    Your topic and its historical significance

2.    The problem or question you set out to solve

3.    The sources and methods you used to solve them

4.    Your key findings and their significance

Your text should include your full bibliography of primary and secondary sources.


LENGTH: 2,000 words (excluding bibliography)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Thesis Presentation

Using the thesis presentation text as the basis for your ‘script’, your presentation should demonstrate your skills at oral presentation. Prior to your presentation to the School of History, two workshops will be held to prepare you for this task.


LENGTH: 15 minutes

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,5

Session Participation

For each session, you must complete the assigned readings prior to the seminar. In the first session, individuals will be assigned responsibility to post questions in advance for the expert-led topical sessions (starting session four). However, every student is expected to participate in each session. In addition to the two assigned ‘peer workshops’, you will be encouraged to provide peer support in the third hour of sessions 4 to 10. Absences will be excused only on submission of medical certificates.

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 not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • 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.

Returning Assignments

The Convenor will endeavour to return graded written assignments, with comments, no later than two weeks post submission. This time frame will not apply to late submissions.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may not resubmit assignments.

Privacy Notice

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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).

Prof Carolyn Strange

Research Interests

Modern history

Prof Carolyn Strange

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