Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students undertake an intensive, specialised study of history and/or methodology in a weekly seminar. The emphasis is on understanding primary sources through advanced conceptual frameworks and on developing individual research questions. Assessment is variable, but may include historiographical reviews, seminar presentations and research essay(s).

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorTimothy Jones

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesTwo essays of 3000 words each OR One 1000 word historiographical essay reviewing weekly reading and one 5000 word research essay OR One 1000 word historiographical review and one research essay of 4000 words and one seminar presentation OR one summary and critical review of a book or article of 1000 words and two essays of 2000 and 3000 words respectively OR one essay of 1500 words based on seminar presentation and one research essay of 4500 words.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in AHA - Bachelor of Arts Honours degree


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. Collaborate to reflect critically and explicitly on the use of primary sources in a student's inquiry and/or to contrast historians' lines of arguments and use of sources on a historical problem, placing them in their contexts.
02. Present orally or in multimedia an aspect of the past which offers a sustained line of argument or narrative, referenced in accomplished ways, that assimilates a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.
03. When constructing their own historical account, find and reflect explicitly on the strengths and weaknesses of other historians' accounts.
04. When constructing their own historical account, find primary sources (visual and/or textual and reflect explicitly on their use.
05. Write a sustained historical argument or narrative based on primary sources (visual and/or textual which also engages with scholarly debates in the field.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Jones

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.
2 hour seminar on a specialised subject which forms 25% of the honours mark.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Historiographical review essay (1000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Research essay (6000) words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Seminar presentation (1000 words)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2