Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Fenley


Previously coded HPL3506


This unit focuses on local and community history, and investigates concepts of community, the relationship between people and place and the connection between past and present. Students will study methods of historical research including oral history, photographic interpretation and material culture. Through the assignments that include designing an exhibition panel and undertaking a community history research project, students will acquire the skills of writing for a community audience.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the history of the landscape, people and institutions around them;
  2. reflect on different scholarly approaches to researching and presenting community history;
  3. demonstrate a critical understanding of the reasons why communities write their histories;
  4. demonstrate insights into the roles of historians;
  5. formulate a viable research question on community history, and identify a central focus for research;
  6. develop a structured project with a logical introduction and conclusion, and provide correct scholarly references;
  7. demonstrate the ability to formulate a research project that is based largely on documentary materials;
  8. critically engage with primary and secondary sources, to recognise scholarly debates and position their argument in relation to these approaches.


Assignment 1 (1000 words): 30%
Assignment 2 includes
a) invigilated proposal (1000 words): 30%
b) essay (2500 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One of ATS1312, ATS1898, ATS1251, HPL1504 or permission


ATS2566, GSC2506, GSC3513, HPL2506, HPL3506