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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Beth Edmondson


Not offered in 2016


This unit provides students with a broad understanding of the nature and practice of history and politics. The subject aims to encourage students to critically examine different theoretical approaches and to reflect on how these influence their own work. Students will also learn about historical and political research methods and will be required to critically examine their own methods of interpreting sources and writing about historical and political issues and events.


This unit is designed to equip students with an understanding of important theories and to provide knowledge of and skills in historical and political research methods.Students successfully completing this subject will be able to demonstrate skills in:

  1. Formulating a viable research question around which an argument can be constructed, and identifying a central focus with clear parameters for research.
  2. Locating primary and secondary sources, and carrying out independent research.
  3. Providing and critically analysing evidence in support of an argument.
  4. Reflecting upon the difficulties of objectivity in history and politics and the importance of analysing the contexts in which texts and data are produced.
  5. Reviewing historical/political texts, questioning conclusions and recognizing historical and political debates.
  6. Developing a structured project with a logical introduction and conclusion and presenting a sustained argument based largely on documentary sources.
  7. Utilizing conventions in academic writing by providing correct citation, footnoting and bibliographic details.


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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Chief examiner(s)


12 points of second year history-politics


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