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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to research methods and styles of history-making. Debates within, and challenges to the discipline will be explored. A teacher/student interaction strategy will be employed which intends that students acquire the concepts of the discipline and have the opportunity to make history for themselves. Access to a computer and network will be essential for external students to meet the requirements of the unit.

Unit content

  • What is history?
  • Sources and subjects of history-making
  • Reading/writing history: Interpreting secondary sources
  • Listening to history: Oral sources
  • Visiting history: Archives and museums
  • Place and time: Temporal and spatial coordinates
  • Historians as history-makers
  • History-making making history: Who owns history?
  • Popular history making
  • Why history? Rethinking the past in a changing world

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify issues and raise questions for historical study Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 describe some of the major theories of historical enquiry Knowledge of a discipline
3 employ historical methodologies Knowledge of a discipline
4 use different source materials both critically and empathetically Intellectual rigour Lifelong learning
5 evaluate different historical interpretations and representations of the past Knowledge of a discipline
6 demonstrate commitment to the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of historical practice Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
7 construct an argument Intellectual rigour

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify issues and raise questions for historical study
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe some of the major theories of historical enquiry
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. employ historical methodologies
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. use different source materials both critically and empathetically
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. evaluate different historical interpretations and representations of the past
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. demonstrate commitment to the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of historical practice
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. construct an argument
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.