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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Professor Alistair Thomson


Not offered in 2016


How do we make the past into history? In this unit you will learn to think and work like a professional historian. You'll research a topic from your own family history, from resources provided by Museum Victoria (MV), or from a previous unit. You'll do oral history interviews and research photos, objects, documents and other sources. You'll storyboard and script your own history video. In the final month we will work together in computer labs as each student produces their digital video, which will be placed on a Making History website and then showcased at a Museum event for students, family and friends. See previous student work at http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/alistair-thomson/


Students successfully completing this subject are expected to develop a conceptual and practical understanding of historical sources, methods and production. In addition, they will also be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to formulate research projects and acquire independent research skills.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of primary historical sources and of approaches and issues in their use in the production of a historical argument.
  3. Place secondary sources in their cultural, ideological and intellectual context by showing where they fit into the current state of historical knowledge.
  4. Demonstrate an acquaintance with some of the ongoing debates about the philosophy and practice of history.
  5. Demonstrate the skills and understandings involved in production of a digital history video.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to use online digital history resources.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.