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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Alistair Thomson


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.

  1. 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.

  1. Demonstrate a high level of development of practical skills in reading and writing historical prose.


Essays and writing exercises (9000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Al Thompson

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week


HSY4730, HYM4120