HINQ200 History: Uses and Abuses

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 HINQ100 and 6cp at 100-level or above in HINQ or HIST or ANCH
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) David Roberts (drobert9@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit demonstrates that 'all history is contemporary history' (Benedetto Croce) and that the study of history is concerned just as much with the present as the past. History is a key device by which collective and personal identities are constructed and challenged, and therefore functions as an extension of major debates in the contemporary world. Subject areas include: how histories are essential to maintaining national identities and power-structures; how histories are contested by different groups; local histories as essential to a sense of community; the use of heroic biographies to perpetuate values/roles; how genealogy and family histories foster a sense of individual identity in today's world; the use and misuse of history commercially.

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. demonstrate broad and detailed knowledge of the political, social, commercial and cultural uses of history and historical scholarship;
  2. communicate knowledge of how history and historians shape the present and future;
  3. apply an understanding of the nature of historical debates and arguments, especially as they pertain to various political and social agendas;
  4. with initiative and judgement, write and present evidence-based historical analysis, according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline; and
  5. apply knowledge and skills to conduct research appropriate to studying history at second year tertiary level.