To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:
To qualify for the Honours in History a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study as specified below. The program requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time.
History Honours aims to produce graduates with an excellent and broad-ranging historical knowledge; a grasp of differing perspectives on historical events and agents; a knowledge of the distinctive nature of the discipline- its history, methodology, relationships to other disciplines and its role in the community.
History Honours aims to hone students' research and communication skills; their ability to work independently and in collaboration with an advisor and to demonstrate a commitment to maintaining the normative ethical standards of the discipline of history in their research and reporting practices.
Upon completion of an honours program History graduates should have:
- knowledge, and be able to:
- plot the sequence of events in particular historical contexts, recognising key agents and describing the salient features of those societies selected for study
- discern key differences and similarities between events and agents in a number of societies and understand how these may or may not contribute to historical continuities and changes
- recognise and analyse the competing claims of interested sections of the community as they appear in interpretations of history
- assess the various methods and models of interpretation employed when pursuing particular lines of inquiry about the past
- relate changing methodologies and models of interpretation to their historical context
- describe and reflect on the nature of the disciplinary boundaries that mark history as a discrete form of study
- recognise attempts at interdisciplinary approaches to history and assess their value to particular lines of inquiry about the past
- apply methodologies and models learnt in other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, economics, international relations, gender studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, geography, language studies and literature studies.
- skills, and be able to:
- design a research project
- identify and assess sources of information
- position research questions and findings explicitly in the context of existing scholarship
- construct a sustained, coherent and reasoned argument based on source material
- synthesise differing viewpoints and account for inconsistencies between various historical accounts
- communicate research findings and a nuanced historical argument in a range of written and oral forms
- apply methodologies and models for research and reporting to new and unfamiliar fields
- apply their research and reporting skills as relevant throughout their professional lives
- use their research and reporting skills as the basis upon which they might draw in the accumulation of new skills throughout their professional lives.
- attitudes and values, and be able to:
- maintain the normative ethical standards governing the discipline of history with reference to: the relevant codes of academic integrity that prohibit plagiarism and infringements of intellectual property law and the needs for inclusive and culturally sensitive research and reporting practices
- recognise the need to continuously update the knowledge and skills accumulated whilst studying
- embrace the opportunities for retraining and updating their skills as they appear over the course of their professional lives.
Program of study
Students undertake 18 units of thesis and 18 units of coursework topics.
Honours - History - Thesis topics
Select 18 units from the topics listed below
HIST7001 History Honours Thesis (18 units)
HIST7001A History Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
HIST7001B History Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
HIST7001C History Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
HIST7001D History Honours Thesis (4.5/18 units)
Honours - History - Core topics
HIST7006 Making History: Current Directions in Historiography (9 units)
HIST7054 Advanced Research Methods in History (4.5 units)
HIST7055 Historical Practice (4.5 units)