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HIS3004 Approaches To History

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication


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.


This course will provide 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 will emphasise the interrelationship between the transmission and control of ideas, and the structure of society; an important theme in each part will be the nature of ideology and hegemony.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2011 External