UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in History

Honours in History is a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time specialisation taken at the end of an undergraduate degree. It involves a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, a six-point seminar unit entitled HIST4101 Historiography, and three one-semester seminars on specific historical topics. In these seminars students study particular texts focused on a historical period, theme or methodology, and work in small groups with an expert in the field, who is usually publishing in it. The experience is challenging but the best possible transition between undergraduate learning and independent research. The dissertation component provides a chance for students to try out extended research for themselves. Students work closely with their supervisor who helps them select an appropriate and engaging topic and meets regularly with students to check their progress and to offer assistance and ideas, but the dissertation is always the student's work and the academic high-point of a student's undergraduate career. Many find the experience draws them on to a higher degree in the discipline, while others, now equipped with a sounder understanding of their undergraduate major and academic processes, go on to make successful careers in such areas as teaching, commerce, the public service, and the arts and culture sectors.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of important themes in the discipline of History; (2) demonstrate advanced historiographical understanding; (3) demonstrate advanced-level research skills that are methodologically informed; and (4) articulate an independent critical position clearly in written and oral forms.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the History major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1HIST4101HistoriographyPrerequisites: a major in History to an adequate standard
S1, S2HIST4140Dissertation (History) 1Prerequisites: sufficient units to complete a bachelor's degree with a major in History
S1, S2HIST4141Dissertation (History) 2Prerequisites: HIST4140 Dissertation (History) 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1HIST4102Themes in History and HistoriographyPrerequisites: a major in History to an adequate standard
NSHIST4103Topics in Australian HistoryPrerequisites: a major in History to an adequate standard
S2HIST4104Topics in Global HistoryPrerequisites: a major in History to an adequate standard
S1HIST4105Topics in Medieval and Early Modern European HistoryPrerequisites: a major in History to an adequate standard. Students who have satisfied the requirements for entry to Honours in Medieval and Early Modern Studies are also eligible to enrol in this unit.
S2HIST4106Topics in Modern European HistoryPrerequisites: a major in History to an adequate standard
S2HUMA4001Feeling the Past: Emotions in History, 1100–1800Prerequisites: eligibility to enter Honours in the following disciplines: English and Cultural Studies; History; European Studies; or Medieval and Early Modern Studies; or eligibility to enter Master of Medieval and Early Modern Studies