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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the most up-to-date ways in which historians 'read' and use historical evidence. It examines ways of reading different types of evidence, including documents, photographs, oral histories, monuments, film, landscapes, maps and cartoons. The unit introduces students to a range of other related issues: the selection of evidence; the interpretative frameworks through which evidence can be read; and ways in which these arguments can most fruitfully be communicated. Students also develop the skills necessary to read evidence in rich, new and exciting ways. The knowledge and skills acquired in the unit assist teachers of History in developing their students' capacity to undertake historical investigation, as well as developing their passion for the past.

6 points

Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the issues around the selection of evidence; (2) develop skills in 'reading' specific kinds of historical evidence; (3) have an increased awareness of the possibilities exhibited by particular kinds of evidence; (4) have an increased awareness of the range of interpretative frameworks involved in reading evidence; (5) develop skills in constructing arguments from reading evidence; and (6) gain an appreciation of the new and vast range of evidence employed by historians.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 1000-word annotated bibliography; (2) an in-class presentation with a reflective essay; and (3) a 3000-word project. 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
25 hours (14–22 January)
  • 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.