Applications in Public History

Subject 131-544 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in history.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Andrew Brown-May
Subject Overview:

This subject reviews the development of Public History in Australia and internationally. It applies and extends students' academic skills in researching and communicating history, involving students in collaborative projects in applied history. The subject focuses upon the effective communication of historical knowledge across academic disciplines and beyond the academy, including communicating history in museums and through new information technologies. It reflects upon the interactions between history making and public knowledge, and between history professionals, related specialists and the wider community. Students will gain a general understanding of current museum practice, cultural heritage, cultural environments as historical documents, oral history and archival methods, material culture analysis, local, family and institutional history, and new information technologies for accessing and communicating historical resources and knowledge.

Assessment: A written assignment of 5000 words 100% (due end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • show an advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;

  • be able to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline;

  • have an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research;

  • have an understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry);

  • be able to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society.

Related Course(s): Master of Arts in History (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History)

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