HIST333 Waking the Dead: Death, Burials and Memorials

Updated: 11 April 2017
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2018
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or HINQ or HIST or RELS or any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LOCH223 or HIST233
Notes None
Combined Units HIST433 - Waking the Dead: Death, Burials and Memorials
Coordinator(s) Andrew Piper (andrew.piper@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Monuments and cemeteries are a particularly valuable source of historical evidence. They both commemorate and perpetuate memory, and fix meaning on the landscape - meaning that changes over time. This changing meaning and the changing treatment of death and public memory will be explored using Australian and international examples. Of particular interest to local and family historians will be study of the theory and method for research and interpretation of cemeteries. Students in this unit must have access to a general cemetery and/or a public monument/memorial. Field work is necessary.

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 an understanding of the historical importance of monuments and cemeteries as physical evidence in our built environment; and be able to apply research methods to interpret monuments and cemeteries as primary sources;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the range of subjects that can be encountered in death studies;
  3. apply an understanding of different views about death and the hereafter;
  4. conduct surveys of cemeteries, analyse the diversity of grave-maker styles, and present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas explaining the symbolism and epitaphs derived from the memorialisation of death over time;
  5. analyse and evaluate the relationship between monumental design (including grave form, epitaph and symbolism), and ideology; and
  6. apply well developed judgement, knowledge and skills to explain that changes in the meaning of monuments reflect larger social changes.