1 x 150-minute seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
HIST7000 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Completion of a History major, requiring a GPA of 5.25, with 2 or more upper level History topic credits or better.
Topic description
The thesis is an opportunity for Honours students to intensively research a particular area of history. The product of this research is a thesis of up to 18,000 words that demonstrates an original contribution to historical knowledge.
Educational aims
This topic offers:
  • A strong knowledge of differing perspectives on historical events and agents and how these perspectives contribute to historical discourse within the profession and more broadly
  • A strong knowledge of the disciplinary nature of history, its disciplinary history, its methodology, and its role in the community
  • The ability to undertake extended and detailed historical research and reporting
  • The ability to effectively communicate a nuanced knowledge and understanding of historical events and concepts in a range of written and oral forms
  • The ability to work independently with both primary and secondary sources
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing this topic should be able to:
  • work independently with the primary and historiographical literature pertaining to an area of historical study
  • appreciate the complexities, characteristics and legacies of varying interpretative approaches
  • consolidate their communication skills through extended discussion and reasoned argument
  • locate, collect, interpret, organise and synthesise a range of historical sources to develop a coherent argument
  • plan, research and write an academic thesis