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HIS3004 Approaches To History

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Approaches To History
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Catherine Dewhirst

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Any first year History course plus one other in History or International Relations

Other requisites

Students who have successfully completed HIS2004 Approaches to History cannot enrol in this course.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.

Rationale

The study of historical approaches and interpretations represents an advanced critical level for understanding the discipline of History and the way it has developed over time. This course takes students ‘behind the scenes’ of some of the most significant periods in the past to explore how historians conceived of their role and craft. It encompasses the contesting nature of the discipline, particularly since its establishment as a profession in the late nineteenth century, and up to the most recent literary and cultural turns.

Synopsis

This course provides an introduction to the development of historical writing and current debates in the philosophy and methodological approaches of the discipline of History. The course is divided into two parts. The first part surveys the evolution of the discipline from the ancient world to the present. The second part focuses on issues of objectivity/subjectivity, positivism/relativism, the literary and cultural turns, particularly postcolonialism, and the use and abuse of history. Through the course assessment each section enables students to engage with the interrelationship of the transmission and control of ideas, and the structure of society. An important theme in each part is the nature of ideology and hegemony.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. define and describe the basic stages in the production of history and the principal features in the development of historiography
  2. discuss and use the concept of epistemology - the origins, nature, methods, and limits of knowledge -– and demonstrate its changes as reflected in the discipline of history
  3. explain and discuss the positivist-idealist dichotomy and discuss the objectivity-subjectivity debate
  4. evaluate the impact of postcolonialism on the study of history
  5. participate in group discussions for collaboration on historiographical dilemmas in meaningful and ethical ways.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Defining and studying history: what is history? why study history? historical evidence 25.00
2. The Development of historiography: classical historiography, Judaic-Christian and Medieval historiography, early modern historiography, Ranke and the critical school, post-Rankean historiography 25.00
3. Ideology, Marxism and positivism: the background to social analysis, the rise of ideology, fundamentals of Marxism and history, the literary and cultural turns 25.00
4. The nature of historical knowledge: the science and art of history, historical explanation, historical objectivity, the purpose of history, postcolonial perspectives 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=HIS3004)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Tosh, J 2015, The pursuit of history, 6th edn, Routledge, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Curthoys, A & Docker, J 2010, Is history fiction?, 2nd edn, UNSW Press, Sydney.
Elton, GR 2002, The practice of history, 2nd edn, Collins, London.
Evans, RJ 1997, In defence of history, Granta Books, London.
Green, A & Troup, K 2016, The houses of history: A critical reader in history and theory, 2nd edn, Manchester University Press, Manchester.
Lambert, P & Schofield, P (eds) 2021, Making history: an introduction to the history and practices of a discipline, 2nd edn, Routledge, London & New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 40.00
Independent Study 125.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZ 1 100 26 Mar 2021
1500 WORD PAPER 100 20 27 Apr 2021
QUIZ 2 100 5 12 May 2021
2000 WORD PAPER 100 40 21 May 2021
QUIZ 3 100 5 04 Jun 2021
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 100 30 End S1 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at https://cmsauth.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/exams/supplementary-and-deferred-assessment.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 18 June 2021