Credit points: 15

Subject outline

How and why did people start to compose histories? Students in this subject explore how some influential stories about pasts relate to actual events in history, the long-lasting stories about war and heroism in ancient Greece and Rome, and about Arthur and the knights of the Round Table in Medieval England. We consider the evidence for the origins of these stories about the past in oral and written texts, in objects, and in art. We trace the endurance of these stories into the modern world. We examine how composing stories about or from the past sometimes became the writing of history. This subject addresses La Trobe's Essential on Sustainability Thinking by reflecting on how age-old stories have altered and reflected conceptions of power and human well-being: theirs and ours. Myth, Legend and History helped shape cultural systems of human purpose and meaning that endure because they are forever re-invented. The subject discloses how histories are never just received, but are composed for a reason by someone, somehow, somewhere.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYves Rees

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures and Tutorials, Essay, Assignment and Plan, Exam. Essay, Assignment and Plan, Padlet online group dialogues, Exam.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsCore subject at first-year level for a history major.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorGreen, RL





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
02. Communication: Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
03. Research: Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the History discipline.
04. Analysis: Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
05. Reflection: identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in the study of History.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYves Rees

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1,500-word essay Second assessment: a chance to explore a topic in depth and assess it in a scholarly way.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 2-hour examination (equivalent to 2000 words) Third assessment: making connections related to the two subject focus questions, padlet forums, focussed on the Arthurian material.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Assignment and plan the same Myth, Padlet entries and one of the Focus Questions(700 words) First assessment: related to the two subject focus questions, and to the Ancient Greek material.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4