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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines the connection between people and place, community and identity in terms of how a sense of place is imagined and interpreted over time. Different ways of reading landscapes in visual and literary historical documents linking time and place will be introduced. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their practice as historians and their craft as writers to develop their own writing skills in the process of making history.

Unit content

  • A sense of place: land and identity
  • Colonial landscapes
  • Australian legends: the place of the 1890s
  • Re-writing the frontier
  • Preserving landscape: history and heritage
  • Sacred places: land and memory
  • Cultural and material practices in the land
  • Contested places
  • Historical writing as a craft

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 locate and interpret different visual and literary and historical texts Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 explain some of the theories and approaches to place of contemporary historians Knowledge of a discipline
3 discuss the relationship between place and the historical, social, political and economic contexts in which it is imagined and interpreted Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 demonstrate skills in historical writing and research Knowledge of a discipline
5 construct a historical narrative. Creativity Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. locate and interpret different visual and literary and historical texts
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. explain some of the theories and approaches to place of contemporary historians
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. discuss the relationship between place and the historical, social, political and economic contexts in which it is imagined and interpreted
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. demonstrate skills in historical writing and research
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. construct a historical narrative.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • http://books.publishing.monash.edu/apps/bookworm/view/Writing+Histories%3A+Imagination+and+Narration/142/xhtml/frontmatter01.html: Curthoys, A & McGrath, A , 2009, Writing Histories: Imagination and Narration, online edn, Monash University ePress, Clayton. ISBN: 978-0-9804648-3-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.