HINQ101 The Historian

Updated: 25 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 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) Howard Brasted (hbrasted@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

What constitutes an historical work and makes someone an historian?

In this unit we tackle these and other questions concerning the discipline of historical inquiry. Behind every work of history there is a person with a determined interest and motivation in presenting an historical account of some aspect of the past and in interpreting it. As E. H. Carr argued in What is History (1961), study the historian and the societies they have come from before studying the histories they have produced.

As societies and cultures change so does the nature of history emerging from them. By exploring the changing nature of history and the work of selected 'historians', we will uncover the different ways in which they have approached the task of writing history, and the different formats they have used in presenting it.

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 social, political and biographical background to certain key works of history;
  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 works;
  4. write and present well-constructed, properly-referenced historical prose;
  5. reflect upon one's own understanding and engagement with the nature of historical knowledge; and
  6. conduct research appropriate to studying history at the first-year tertiary level.