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Unit Overview


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.

6 points

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.

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

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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.