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HPL3504 - Theories and Research in History and Politics

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: David Schmitt


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit introduces students to the methodologies of history and political science. It focuses on the development of a critical approach to research and method in history, political science and the social sciences. Students will develop the ability to apply a critical and analytical approach to the central questions in each of the discipline areas. This approach will focus on issues associated with objectivity, causation and explanation. Students are required to prepare a research paper on an original history or politics topic. The research essay will be based the use of primary sources.


Project viability study (500 words): 10%
Theory essay (1500 words): 30%
Research essay (2500 words): 60%

Contact hours

2 hours per week (1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial)


12 points of second year history-politics