OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Examines the connection between people and place, community and identity in terms of how a sense of place is imagined and interpreted over time. Different ways of reading landscapes in visual and literary historical documents linking time and place will be introduced. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their practice as historians and their craft as writers to develop their own writing skills in the process of making history.

Unit content

  • A sense of place: land and identity
  • Colonial landscapes
  • Australian legends: the place of the 1890s
  • Re-writing the frontier
  • Preserving landscape: history and heritage
  • Sacred places: land and memory
  • Cultural and material practices in the land
  • Contested places
  • Historical writing as a craft

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

  • http://books.publishing.monash.edu/apps/bookworm/view/Writing+Histories%3A+Imagination+and+Narration/142/xhtml/frontmatter01.html: Curthoys, A & McGrath, A , 2009, Writing Histories: Imagination and Narration, online edn, Monash University ePress, Clayton. ISBN: 978-0-9804648-3-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (3 weeks)
Critical review30%

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