History 4A

Subject HIST40001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours - 12 x 2 hour seminars
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced), 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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Gordon Raeburn, Dr Lisa Beaven


Dr Gordon Raeburn

Email: gordon.raeburn@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Lisa Beaven

Email: lisa.beaven@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

Sourcing Emotions: Texts, Concepts, Histories

This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to examine the ways in which a variety of scholars have approached theorising and writing about emotions. It will consider various disciplinary approaches to the topic, by reading a range of sources on how emotions are represented, constructed, practised, and understood. A range of emotions will be explored such as anger, fear, grief, trauma, and desire as well as themes such as violence, disaster, cultural and religious encounters, and the environment. Sources will range from the late medieval and early modern to Modern Australia.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of how scholars have theorised emotions;
  • understand and reflect upon theoretical and methodological issues involved with writing a history of emotions;
  • improve research and interpretative skills by developing a research project which is theoretically informed;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a particular topic as examined in the research project; and
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse, report on and discuss all reading material.
  • A 1000 word seminar presentation and discussion paper to be submitted one week after allocated presentation date during the semester (20%)
  • A 4000 word research task due at the end of semester (80%)

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available online.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing, completion and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • demonstrate time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment; and
  • demonstrate written communication through essay preparation and writing.
Links to further information: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/history
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - History
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - History
MA (AS&&ST) History

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