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, and 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 Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011

Objectives

This course provides students with the opportunity 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.

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay exploring one or more aspects of the politics of History education.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay exploring one or more aspects of the psychology of knowing, teaching and learning History.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6224

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