Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ernest Koh


This unit draws on wide range of published and unpublished work in history in order to develop an understanding of different approaches to history, to the varity of methodologies available, and to key issues in historiography and in the design and presentation of historical research. Its focus is practical, giving students an opportunity to reflect on the most appropriate methodologies and approaches to their own questions and source material. The workshops will give each student the opportunity to workshop their own writing.


Upon successful completion of the unit, student should be able to:

  1. analyse historical writing, identify its key arguments, and situate these within specific historographical traditions;
  2. demonstrate an awareness of range of different historical methodologies;
  3. critique the design and methodologies of works in their general field of history;
  4. apply these understandings to their own writing, situating themselves historiographically;
  5. design their own project and select appropriate methodologies for their own historical study;
  6. identify the rhetorical and literary elements of historical writing
  7. select and employ an appropriate literary from their own work


At least two writing exercises (1000 words each) and hurdle requirement essay 7,000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two contact hours and 22 hours of preparation and private study per week.
Staff are also available to consult with students with respect to unit content on an individual basis as required.

Off-campus attendance requirements

2-hour workshops,
Question-focussed discussion,
Regular writing tasks and group work (unassessed but with detailed feedback from the group and from the staff member convening)
Moodle will be used to make material available and in some weeks to workshop online/provide feedback