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The Uses of the Past (6 points)


Leader: Graeme Davison

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit examines the contemporary uses of the past through a critical examination of current literature, case studies - both Australian and international - and fieldwork. It is designed to strengthen linkages between academic and ' public' history and to enhance appreciation of the vocational applications of history. Among the issues to be discussed are history and nation-building, the cult of national heroes and national monuments; the concept of heritage; the uses of the past in enhancing personal and group identity; and the role of history in the efforts of oppressed or marginal groups to throw off the burden of the past.

Assessment: Fieldwork exercise (2500 words): 40% + Thesis/Project proposal (1000words): 25% + Test (1000 words): 25% + Tutorial participation: 10% + Fourth year students will be expected to demonstrate more sophisticated analytical skills and submit work incorporating a high level of competence in independent research and reading.

Contact Hours: 2 hours (one lecture and one tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in History or permission

Prohibitions: HSY2060/3060

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