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SOCS5301 Researching the Past

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a seminar paper; (2) a research project proposal; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nadia Rhook
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Advisable prior study:
for Social Research Methods students: ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations, SOCS5003 Research Design, SOCS5005 Social Research Ethics
Incompatibility:
HIST2220 Making History, HIST3001 Making History
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week; field trips: up to 3 x 2 hours
Text

Tosh, J. and Lang, S. The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods and New Directions in the Study of Modern History, 6th edn: Routledge 2015

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