HIST 4003 - Honours History Thesis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code HIST 4003 Course Honours History Thesis Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites HIST 4001 and HIST 4002. Completed degree (72 units) including 24 units of History Major Restrictions Available only to students admitted to relevant Honours program Course Description In this course students will choose a thesis topic in consultation with their supervisor. Students will attend a Thesis Writing Workshop, devise their research topic, refine their methodology and conduct preliminary research. The thesis will be 15,000 words in length.
Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Sendziuk
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate a detailed and high-level understanding of a particular historiography or historical problem. 2 Recognise a wide range of methodologies, conceptual approaches and domains of knowledge when applied to the past. 3 Identify, analyse, evaluate relevant primary and secondary sources to construct evidence based arguments and produce independent historical research. 4 Think independently and critically about the methodologies that are used by historians, and to apply (and, if necessary, adapt) these methodologies to understanding the past. 5 Communicate effectively, in a range of spoken and written formats, and to demonstrate a thorough grasp of the scholarly conventions of the discipline of history. 6 Demonstrate proficiency in the use of a range of contemporary technologies to conduct research, communicate results and communicate with others. 7 Demonstrate the skills of a historian which are appropriate for performing a range of professional roles, undertaking leadership positions, and sustaining lifelong learning. 8 Demonstrate a sensitivity to the diversity of historical cultures and the ethical implications of historical enquiry within a global context. 9 Develop a critical, self-reflective approach to the study of history, based on respect and mutual responsibility.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3,
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
3, 4, 5
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Recommended ResourcesStudents should take advantage of the library, online databases and resources, and locally based archives and libraries.
Online LearningThe course will be supported through MyUni (Canvas). Student collegiality and support may be supported through discussion forums. Students will have access to a wide range of historcial sources online that will aid their research.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe Honours thesis is an independent piece of research conducted by the student. The student is supported by a supervisor with whom they will have regular meetings to provide guidance through this process. Intermittently, there will be group meetings of the honours cohort to provide support and to give students opportunities to discuss their work with their peers.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The honours thesis has a workload of 156 hours. Students independently manage their workload, determining how much to allocate to finding and exploring primary sources, secondary reading, methodology and theory, and writing.
Learning Activities SummaryThe Honours thesis is an independent piece of research conducted by the student. The student is supported by a supervisor with whom they will have regular meetings to provide guidance through this process. Intermittently, there will be group meetings of the honours cohort to provide support and to give students opportunities to discuss their work with their peers.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must have completed the History Honours Common Course.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThe Honours thesis encapsulates the skills of the historian. It is a thesis of c.15,000 words, where students demonstrate their mastery of the course learning outcomes.
Assessment task Percentage Learning Outcomes Thesis (15,000 words) 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Assessment Related RequirementsNone.
Assessment DetailThe Honours thesis encapsulates the skills of the historian. It is a thesis of c.15,000 words, where students demonstrate their mastery of the course learning outcomes.
SubmissionStudents must submit two copies of the typed and bound thesis. They must also submit the text to Turnitin through MyUni (Canvas).
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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