History Thesis

Subject HIST40036 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
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 consultations over two semesters with the supervisor(s) as arranged. Meetings should normally occur at least fortnightly and should be at least of half an hour duration.
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours per semester.


Admission to fourth-year honours in history or the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) 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


Prof Antonia Finnane


Professor Antonia Finnane

Email: a.finnane@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

An approved thesis topic selected in consultation with the fourth-year coordinator. The thesis is taken across two consecutive semesters, and is the result of the student’s own independent research.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to undertake independent research;
  • demonstrate specialist understanding of the subject being studied;
  • demonstrate advanced skills of analysis pertinent to the subject; and
  • demonstrate a detailed sense of the theoretical debates in the subject area.
  • A thesis of 15,000 words due at the end of the second semester of enrolment (100%)

Hurdle requirement:

Submission of a suitable 6000 word draft at the end of the first semester of thesis enrolment.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • develop skills necessary for postgraduate research;
  • conceptualise and plan a substantial project of original research;
  • present material in draft form and engage in constructive discussion with the supervisor;
  • synthesise critical arguments and debates and engage with ongoing debates in the field;
  • enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner; and
  • manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time.
Links to further information: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/history
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - History
PD-ARTS History

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