EDUC6224

Issues and Debates in History Education

10 Units

This course explores issues and debates in History education, examining both the politics of History education and recent scholarship into the psychology of knowing, teaching and learning History. Specifically, it is concerned with historical revisionism, public memory, national mythologies, and their role in recent domestic and international history wars, and the emergence of an Australian national History curriculum. It will also address the role of historical narrative in the formation of individual, cultural, and national identity; progression in the development of historical literacy; and research into the different ways historians and adolescents interpret historical sources.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts of historical consciousness, public memory, historical revisionism, and national mythology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary politics of History education.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of research into the psychology of knowing, teaching and learning History.
Content

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  • Postmodern relativism, historical revisionism, public memory, national mythology, and the politics of history education.
  • Australian and International perspectives on the history wars (including postcolonial perspectives).
  • The curriculum as a site of struggle in recent history wars.
  • Debates around the Australian National History Curriculum.
  • Theories of historical consciousness.
  • Progression in historical literacy and understanding.
  • Research into the different ways historians and adolescents interpret historical sources.
  • The role of historical narrative in the formation of individual, cultural, and national identity.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: The Politics of History Education
  • Written Assignment: The Psychology of Knowing, Teaching & Learning History
Contact Hours
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Distance students are expected to engage in Online Learning activities for the equivalent of 3 hours per week for the full term. The course may include an optional residential school (replacing some self-directed hours).)
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