Writing and Making Histories

Subject 131-545 (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: Seminars, workshops and site visits equivalent to 2 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to a coursework masters program, fourth year honours or postgraduate diploma 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.

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Dr Mary Sheehan
Subject Overview:

This subject is a core module for the MA in public history. It focuses upon varied approaches to the presentation of history in the public sphere, examining how histories are made through visual images and material culture as well as through text-based communication. Students will consider how historical research may be effectively conveyed to a range of audiences, how we might read and consume histories, and the diverse forms of historical writing (eg. journalism, local histories, journal articles, commissioned works, exhibitions, television and radio documentaries and so on). The subject also examines the selection and editing of sources, the legal and ethical obligations associated with publication, and the impact of technologies on the writing of histories. Some seminars will be attended by writers and other professionals with relevant expertise, and students will extend and apply their own research and communication skills by producing their own history publications.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words 100% (due at the 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:
  • be able to 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;

  • develop an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Media and Communications)
Graduate Diploma Planning & Design(Architectural History & Conservation)
Master of Arts (Global Journalism)
Master of Arts (Global Media Communication)
Master of Arts in History (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of Global Media Communication
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Media and Communication)
Postgraduate Diploma in Planning & Design (Arch.History & Conservation)

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