HIST595 Understanding History

Updated: 02 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST495
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Francois Soyer (francois.soyer@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit explores some methodological, philosophical and theoretical issues involved in the research and presentation of histories, and introduces postgraduate students to independent historical research. What is it that historians do? What is the nature of historical knowledge? What is the relationship between 'fact' and 'interpretation'? What role do values play in the research and writing of history? The unit is designed as a preparation unit for students contemplating independent research projects and it examines issues and questions relevant to all students studying history at the postgraduate level.

Prescribed Material


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

Is History Fiction?

ISBN: 9781742231716
Curthoys, A. and Docker, J., UNSW Press 2nd ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2 and 3, Online

The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in History and Theory

ISBN: 9780719096211
Green, A. and Troup, K., Manchester University Press 2nd ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 2 and 3, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assessment 1 10% 750
Assessment Notes

Moodle Participation - active participation in online discussions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3,4,6

Compulsory Assessment 2 30% 1750
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 3 60% 3000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. display advanced research skills in the planning and execution of written work;
  2. competently complete a literature and primary source search for written work;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the range of issues and problems involved in considering the nature of historical knowledge;
  4. show an in-depth comprehension of a particular methodological, theoretical or philosophical issue;
  5. present a coherent, sustained well written and correctly referenced critical analyses of historical issues and approaches; and
  6. demonstrate an awareness of issues and debates in the historical interpretation of a specific period or event.