|Semester 1, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Approaches To History|
|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|
Examiner: Catherine Dewhirst
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.
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.
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.
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.
On completion of this course students should be able to:
- define and describe the basic stages in the production of history and the principal features in the development of historiography
- 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
- explain and discuss the positivist-idealist dichotomy and discuss the objectivity-subjectivity debate
- evaluate the impact of postcolonialism on the study of history
- participate in group discussions for collaboration on historiographical dilemmas in meaningful and ethical ways.
|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/)
Student workload expectations
|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)|
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.