HIS3004 Approaches To History
Pre-requisite: Any first year History course plus one other in History or International Relations
Students who have successfully completed HIS2004 Approaches to History cannot enrol in this course.
This course provides an introduction to the development of historical writing and current debates in the philosophy and methodology of the discipline of History. The course is divided into two parts. The first part surveys the evolution of the discipline of History from the ancient world to the present. The second part focuses on the methodological issues of objectivity/subjectivity, positivism/relativism, and postmodernism. Each section emphasises the interrelationship between the transmission and control of ideas, and the structure of society. An important theme in each part is the nature of ideology and hegemony.