University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

HIST 3056 - Doing History

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 6
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Restriction: Available to students undertaking a History Major only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 15 units of History Major courses
Assumed Knowledge: This course is designed as the capstone of the history Major; it is expected students will have sufficient historical expertise through Level I & II courses to achieve this.
Assessment: Source methodology essay 20%, Literature Review and Research Plan 30%, Research Essay 50%

This history capstone course will provide students with an opportunity to experience historical research at an advanced level. The course will have two main components: an in-depth analysis of different types of historical sources commonly used by historians, including archival and digital research, and an exploration of historical methodologies - all directed toward an independent research project of the student's own choosing. Additional components of the course will include a discussion of ethics in working with historical sources and producing historical writing, and an introduction to the options available to history majors in the job market and for postgraduate study. The course is intended to build upon individual student research interests (gained through their previous study), but will extend knowledge gained in advanced level courses by providing suggestions for deepening their understanding of the methodological approaches to using available textual and visual materials. The course will be intensive and seminar-based, with additional independent structured learning equal to six contact hours per week. In a typical week, students will engage in staff-led discussions of various types of historical sources, or visit an archive (either in person or digitally), discuss progress on assignment tasks, and complete assigned tasks with a research pod - groups of students sharing similar interests. Pods will research elements of weekly topics, analyse their significance for their own research, and relay their findings back to the larger class. Assessment tasks will a source methodology essay that bears on the research topic, a literature survey and research plan, and the final research paper.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 18/09/2020 Fri 30/10/2020

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21967 SE01 80 2 30 Jul - 17 Sep Thursday 1pm - 4pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
8 Oct - 29 Oct Thursday 1pm - 4pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
29038 SEM0 80 74 No details available
Note: Enrolment in this class is a NON-attendance SEM mode. Content is to be viewed via the course MyUni recording. Subject to capacity of SEM location, student attendance may be possible in some cases