HIST 7005 - Writing History
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code HIST 7005 Course Writing History Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course provides students the opportunity to explore how we produce narratives about the past. It asks both how academic historians have theorised the production of narratives of events from the disparate source materials we use, and offers a discussion of the variety of genres available to historians. The latter includes autobiography and biography, historical fiction, family histories, art, novels, film and television.
During the course, students will not only explore how we create history for a variety of types of audience, but will have the opportunity to produce different types of historical writing/ creative productions themselves. The course is particularly useful for students who wish to develop their historical writing/creative practice, and to use their research skills to create narratives of the past.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Katie Barclay
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate a high-level understanding of the issues involved in producing a variety of genres of historical writing;
2. Use primary and secondary data to construct historical narratives;
3. Communicate historical information effectively in a range of formats and to diverse audiences;
4.Understand the ethical issues involved in the production of historical writing;
5. Reflect critically on their historical practice.
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, 4, 5
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.
2, 3, 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.
1, 2, 3
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.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital 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.
Required ResourcesResources will be available through the Barr Smith Library and online.
Online LearningOnline activities will be completed on MyUni before class.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course combines online activities with a seminar and significant independent research.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Structured learning
Online activities: 2 hours per week
Seminar: 2 hours per week
Reading: 10 hours per week
Research: 10 hours per week
Assignment preparation: 2 hours per week
Total: 264 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThis list of topics is suggestive only and may change from year to year.
Week Topic 1 Introduction 2 What is historical writing 3 Academic writing 4 Science communication 5 Historical novel 6 Biography 7 Family history 8 Re-enactments 9 Film and television 10 Radio and podcasts 11 Games 12 Round up
Specific Course Requirementsnone
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Assessment SummaryResearch essay 2000 words
Creative project 3000 words
Self reflection 1000 words
Assessment Related Requirementsnone
Assessment Description % weighting Research essay This 2,000 word essay allows students to explore the theoretical and methodological issues around writing history. 30 Creative project This 3,000 word equivalent assignment allows students to explore producing writing in a historical genre, other than the traditional research essay, so applying their theoretical knowledge. 50 Self-reflection The self reflection (1000 words) provides students the opportunity to reflect on the creative project, to explain their artistic decisions, and to be self-reflective aout their professional practice. 20
SubmissionAssessments are submitted through Turnitin on MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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