HIST5501 Communicating History

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides an education in communicating historical knowledge to others and in reading historical communication produced by others. It involves deep readings of a range of hard copy and electronic historical writings produced by a diverse body of historians, and is delivered in ways both teachers and contemporary students can relate to. The unit is designed to assist teachers of History to broaden their historical knowledge, develop their interpretive skills, improve their skills in presenting historical knowledge to their classes while, at the same time, developing their students' interpretation and communication skills. In the unit, students become familiar with the methodological and theoretical imperatives underpinning historical writing, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using electronic resources in historical communication.
Students are able to (1) develop a familiarity with a wide range of historical writings produced by well-known historians; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the historical contexts in which historians write and the intellectual frameworks they use; (3) develop a familiarity with the problems and potentialities of electronic modes of communication; (4) enhance their informed communication skills; and (5) show their capacities in presenting new and diverse material to their classes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 1000-word annotated bibliography; (2) a 1000-word seminar presentation of a book review; and (3) an online blackboard discussion exercise, developed over the semester, the equivalent of 3000 words. 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)
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.