• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course offers a global introduction to histories. Starting with the familiar structure of a history book—from title page through to back cover reviews—students will peel back the global history of history making to explore histories as artefacts and as sources of world-shaping ideas. Students will develop an understanding of the different forms, scales and cultures of history making, past and present, as well as the responsibilities of history makers. They will also gain an appreciation of some of the key methods and models of history makers though interactive lectures, tutorials and interviews with a wide range of historians at ANU. The course is designed for students who are new to or who are experienced in the study of history theory, and all students will be warmly encouraged to learn how to become better analysts and makers of histories.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. outline the key changes and patterns in the global history of histories;
  2. identify the ideas that come into view when histories are treated both as artefacts and as sources of concepts and methods;
  3. analyse the assumptions and premises at work in a variety of histories;
  4. construct and sustain arguments in oral and written form about the strengths and weakness of particular approaches to history; and
  5. explain in oral and written form how the history and theory of histories might inform their own research and communication practices.

Indicative Assessment

  1. History Analysis, and self assessment (Artefact and Concept Analysis, 1000 words, due week 4) (35) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Essay; or Book Proposal, and self assessment (3000 words, due week 12) (55) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Course Participation, weeks 2–12 (based on rubric, weeks 2–12) (10) [LO 4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of History (HIST) or Ancient History (ANCH) courses (which may include EURO1004), or with permission of convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6110.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course. Weekly class source readings will be made available in electronic form.

Preliminary Reading

Recommended reading:

John Burrow, A History of Histories, New York: Knopf, 2008.

Anna Green and Kathleen Troup, The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999.

Marnie Hughes-Warrington, History as Wonder: Beginning with Historiography, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. [Inclusion of this text is approved by the Head of Department].

Daniel Woolf, A Concise History of History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge is assumed, but experienced students of history theory are also welcome.




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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
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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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2026 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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