History Thesis

Subject HIST40028 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-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: Regular documented meetings with the supervisor(s) over two consecutive semesters of enrolment. Meetings should normally occur at least fortnightly and should be at least half an hour's duration.
Total Time Commitment:

This subject is taught over two consecutive semesters. Total time commitment for the subject is approximately 180 hours per semester.


Admission to fourth-year honours in history or the postgraduate diploma.

Please note this thesis subject is currently being phased out and is only available to students who commenced their Honours/PD-Arts program prior to 2013. Students wishing to enrol in Honours/PD-Arts from 2013 will need to enrol in a 50 point thesis subject as per the course requirements for BH-Arts & PD-Arts.

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


Prof Antonia Finnane


Professor Antonia Finnane

Email: a.finnane@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

An approved thesis topic of 12,000 words selected in consultation with the fourth-year coordinator. The thesis is undertaken across two consecutive semesters and is due at the end of the second semester.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subjects should:

  • have gained increased powers of independent inquiry.
  • show initiative in self-directed research.
  • have an increased understanding of an area of history not previously studied or advance understanding of an area of already established knowledge.
  • A thesis of 12 000 words 100% (due at the end of the second semester of enrolment).

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day.

Prescribed Texts:

Appropriate texts will be selected in consultation with thesis supervisor.

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, and by determining the strength of an argument.
  • demonstrate time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
  • demonstrate attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
Links to further information: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/history

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