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Unit Overview


In this 'hands-on' unit, students undertake a guided historical project, including planning, research, and communication in a range of modes for different audiences. In seminars and workshops students become familiar with some of the key practical and theoretical issues and debates relating to the use of various historical sources, including photographs and film, archives, oral history and material culture. Strategies and tools for planning and managing research are workshopped, and students will be given the opportunity to work on a project in consultation with an external organisation. Some workshops may be held off-campus, and there will be a final event at which students' project work will be presented and celebrated. 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. The unit is the culminating experience of the History major and is also recommended for students planning to proceed to honours in historical archaeology.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the History major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of the discipline of History; (2) 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 understanding of the key issues involved in creating and communicating historical interpretations.; (4) relate their independent interpretations to complex debates about the problems and potentials inherent in the use of various sources; (5) present advanced arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline; and (6) present their public-facing historical work in consultation with external organisations or in-house experts.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project work; (2) seminar paper; and (3) workshop participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Ethan Blue
Unit rules
Two Level 2 History units
or two Level 2 units in the Archaeology major (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
HIST2220 Making History
Contact hours
Up to 2 hours per week. This unit also includes field trips: up to 3 x 2 hours

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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