Making History

Subject HIST30060 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture per week for 12 weeks and eleven 1-hour tutorials scheduled across the semester
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 8.5 hours per week including class time: total time commitment 102 hours


This subject is only available to students completing the final year of a major in history, or those in the Graduate Diploma in Arts (History). Completion of 37.5 points of level 2 subjects in history and enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts or Graduate Diploma in Arts. Bachelor of Arts students should endeavour to take the capstone in their final semester of study after completion of 25 points at third year.



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject brings all students majoring in History together in a culminating experience to reflect on the past and current state of History as a discipline, as well as on its contemporary relevance and importance. Students will actively engage with the history, politics and culture of the archival sources of historical knowledge and some emphasis will be placed on the uses of history in the community beyond the classroom. Students will be encouraged, both in class and in their assignments, to reflect upon their own historical research over the years of their degree.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will

  • understand key concepts in the development of History as a discipline
  • develop a greater understanding of the uses of historical knowledge in the world
  • reflect upon their own role as historians.

A 500 word written exercise 10% (due mid semester ), a 2500 word research project 50% (due late in semester) and a 1000 word reflective essay 40% (due in the examination period).

Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, no late assessment will be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject will

  • demonstrate critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, tutorial discussion, and essay writing
  • have a developed understanding of the nature of their Discipline major
  • be able to present their findings orally to a class, and produce effective written prose for assessment
  • hone their research skills through the use of information sources, including the library, online sources, and readings.

Making History is the capstone subject for students taking the major in history

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History
History Major

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