HINQ100 What is History?

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Nathan Wise (nwise@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit deals with the origins, current state, and future of history as one of the oldest academic and popular disciplines. Students will study the 'history of history', examining the foundations of history in the ancient world; the development of medieval and early-modern conceptions of history; and history in its many modern forms. The unit also considers non-Western conceptions of history, and explores some of the key questions and debates over the nature of history itself. These include questions over history as an empirical discipline or social science; history as a narrative of progress; history as fiction; history as national epic; history as class struggle; history as the lives of great men; and the 'end' of history.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand and display detailed knowledge of the development of history as a popular and academic discipline;
  2. understand and display knowledge of the various historiographical and theoretical underpinnings of history as a discipline;
  3. understand and interpret a variety of key historical and historiographical works;
  4. write and present well-constructed, properly-referenced historical prose;
  5. reflect upon their own understanding and engagement with the nature of historical knowledge; and
  6. conduct research appropriate to studying history at first year tertiary level.