Unit description

Introduces students to research methods and styles of history-making. Debates within, and challenges to the discipline will be explored. A teacher/student interaction strategy will be employed which intends that students acquire the concepts of the discipline and have the opportunity to make history for themselves. Access to a computer and network will be essential for external students to meet the requirements of the unit.

Unit content

  • What is history?
  • Sources and subjects of history-making
  • Reading/writing history: Interpreting secondary sources
  • Listening to history: Oral sources
  • Visiting history: Archives and museums
  • Place and time: Temporal and spatial coordinates
  • Historians as history-makers
  • History-making making history: Who owns history?
  • Popular history making
  • Why history? Rethinking the past in a changing world

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 1.5 hours (12 weeks)
Primary Source Investigation20%
Annotated bibliography30%
Oral History Interview30%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (3 weeks)
Primary Source Investigation20%
Annotated bibliography30%
Oral History Interview30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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