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HYM5120 - Reading and Writing Australian History

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Christina Twomey


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


As for HYM4120


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their ability to examine issues of historiography and method through a critical reading of selected Australian historians.
  2. Analyse some of the key elements of historical prose, such as story-telling, beginnings and endings, transitions, scene-setting, characterisation, placing oneself in the text, addressing different readerships, documentation and the onus of proof, irony and indirection, the use of different voices and tropes, formal and colloquial prose.
  3. Demonstrate a high level of development of practical skills in reading and writing historical prose.


Essays and writing exercises (9000 words): 100%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week


HSY4730, HYM4120