SOCS5301 Researching the Past
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- In this 'hands-on' unit, students enhance their skills in effectively finding and working with a range of historical source materials. In seminars and workshops students become familiar with some of the key practical and theoretical issues and debates relating to the use of various sources (including photographs and film, archives, oral history and material culture). Strategies and tools for planning and managing research are also discussed. The skills in finding, analysing and managing information that are developed in the unit are required for advanced-level historical research, but are also highly transferable to many workplace situations. Some workshops are held off-campus.
- Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of historical study; (2) identify and evaluate the methodological problems relating to the use of different types of source material in the historical study of particular times and places; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the key practical and theoretical issues and debates relating to the use of various sources; (4) analyse a range of historical material of various kinds for essay assessments using appropriate methodologies; (5) relate their independent interpretations to complex debates about the problems and potentials inherent in the use of various sources; and (6) present advanced arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a seminar paper; (2) a research project proposal; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week; field trips: up to 3 x 2 hours
- Unit Outline
Tosh, J. and Lang, S. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History, 6th edn: Routledge 2015
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.