• 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
    • Dr Nicholas Brown
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Document analysis exercise: (1500 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Historical Case Study (3500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Honours Presentation Text - final version (2000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Honours presentation (15 minutes) (15) [LO 3,4,5]
  5. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,5]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours contact over 6 weeks consisting of workshops and seminars

b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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. Subsequent 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.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $8160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $10560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7665 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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