HIST6001

Writing History

10 Units

This course provides an overview of historiography for postgraduate students engaging with writing and researching history at an advanced level. It considers how we ask questions about the past and why the past is foundational to our understanding of the contemporary world. It explores both the theory and practice of history, including the use of written and non-written sources, and interrogates a range of ancient, contemporary and critical methodological approaches to the interpretation of the past.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop advanced skills in historiography and critical approaches to the past.
  2. Acquire knowledge of major historians and school of history from ancient to modern times.
  3. Critically appraise historical sources and writing relevant to a particular thesis, essay or historical topic.
  4. Consider philosophical, methodological and practical issues which inform good historical research and writing.
Content

Topics covered will include material from the following list:

  • Creating archives
  • Fathers of History - Herodotus and Thucydides
  • Using national and international archives
  • Empiricists and diplomatic history
  • Gender and history
  • Marxist theory and history
  • Annales and annalists
  • Oral history and memory
  • Post-structuralism and post-modernism
  • History wars - history and the public sphere
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 2
Contact Hours
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Face to face students - weekly two-hour seminar. Distance students - Online Learning activities for the equivalent of 3 hours per week for the full term. The course may include an optional residential school.)
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