HIST3001 Making History

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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. The unit is recommended for all students planning to proceed to honours in History or a topic in historical archaeology.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of the discipline of History; (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) written assignments; (2) a seminar paper; and (3) workshop participation and report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nadia Rhook
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
any Level 1 units and any Level 2 unit in the Archaeology major (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
Incompatibility:
HIST2220 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 ed.: Routledge, 2015

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