HIST5503 Foundations and Frameworks of Historical Knowledge

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit provides an introduction to the foundations and frameworks of historical knowledge. There are three sections—older history which can be collected under the label of 'positivism'; the new social history; and the new cultural history. Students are introduced to these frameworks through recent historiographical writing and examples. They examine the successes and failures of each approach, and look at how these approaches have been taken up in the recent 'History Wars'. An understanding and appreciation of these three approaches to historical knowledge enables teachers of History to broaden their own ways of looking at and teaching the past, a skill which is of great benefit when teaching the perspective-focused Australian Curriculum—History.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of positivist, social and cultural history; (2) recognise the differences and similarities between these frameworks, and comprehend the interrelationship between them; (3) confront each framework with the successes and failures of the others; (4) develop an understanding of the political, social, cultural and intellectual contexts of these frameworks; (5) develop an understanding of how these frameworks have been played out in the context of the History Wars; and (6) gain an understanding of how these frameworks fit into the broader history of history.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 1000-word annotated bibliography; (2) a 1000-word paper based on an in-class presentation; and (3) a 3000-word essay due at the end of semester. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jenny Gregory
Contact hours
2 hours per week (over 13 weeks)
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