Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Kalman


Societies express themselves through art, literature, ritual, everyday objects and other cultural artefacts. One of the tasks of the historian is to understand this interplay of culture and society, and how it manifests in different historical periods or places. In this unit we explore the ways in which historians of many different periods (from late antiquity to the present) write about culture, from 'great' art to the stuff of daily life. Students will be introduced to a broad range of cultural products and their meanings, and be required to undertake in-depth research into a topic, area and period of interest of their choice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be expected to have:

  1. Critically engaged with different forms of cultural product, placing them in their historical and aesthetic contexts.
  2. Understood the meaning of the term "Cultural History", including its historiographical implications.
  3. Drawn on a number of theoretical frameworks in order to understand the history of culture.
  4. Conducted research into a particular area of cultural history.

Students successfully completing this unit at a Third Year level will have acquired, in addition:

  1. independent research skills across a range of historical source areas.


Class participation: 10%
Historiographical review (submitted by end of week 4) (750 words): 15%
Research proposal (750 words): 15%
Research essay (2000 Words): 40%
Class test (1000 words): 20%

Note that at level 2 students will be directed to prepared topics and sources for their research essay. At level 3 students will be given more freedom to design their own topic and find appropriate sources, and will be expected to draw on a wider range of primary and secondary sources. In addition, at level 3 students will be expected to demonstrate a higher level of conceptual awareness.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-1/2 hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

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


Two gateway units in history