HIST556 Public History

Updated: 19 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST456
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) To be advised
Unit Description

This unit invites reflection on the ways in which the past is present in a variety of forms and places in contemporary societies including, for example, commemorations, films, heritage sites, historical fiction, memorials, museums, re-enactments, tours. It introduces public history debates and methods; draws on comparative examples; encourages engagement with specific public history projects; and explores activities for the classroom. It also provides foundations for further studies in public history research and practice, and for the development of career paths in public 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
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

Reflective exercise and essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 5

Compulsory Assessment 2 60% 3500
Assessment Notes

Applied project

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. evaluate and reflect on the variety of ways in which the past is present in contemporary societies;
  2. apply an advanced body of knowledge to evaluate current public history debates and methodologies;
  3. demonstrate autonomy and expert judgement to research and analyse in detail a selection of specific public history practices and issues;
  4. apply their advanced knowledge of public history to practical issues and specific issues in the public domain; and
  5. apply specialised knowledge of the variety of ways in which public historians gain employment, their ethical and social responsibilities, and the political and cultural contexts within which they work.