HINQ101 The Historian

Updated: 14 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.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

What is History?

ISBN: 9780141037738
Carr, E.H., Penguin 2008

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 45% 1500
Assessment Notes

Research Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 2 45% 1500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 3 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Online students must post at least 500 words to the discussion forums. On-campus students must attend 75% of the tutorials. In class participation will be assessed.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5

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.