ATS4216 - History: Beyond the nation - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Tim Verhoeven

Not offered in 2017


"History: Beyond the nation" investigates the many ways in which historians over the last two decades have challenged the primacy of the nation-state as the key unit of historical analysis. We will explore a number of approaches to the past which look below and above the level of the nation. These may include comparative and transnational history, global history, borderlands studies, migration studies, the history of tourism and travel and Atlantic history. The unit aims to introduce students to the dramatic impact of such approaches in opening up new areas of historical investigation as well as revising existing interpretations of the past in a range of fields. We will also examine the methodological and practical challenges faced by historians who look beyond the framework of the nation, from periodization to use of sources to publication.


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of current and future trends in historical research and writing, particularly approaches which look beyond the nation-state as the key unit of analysis;
  2. Be better able to critically assess historical scholarship and relate recent developments to their own research;
  3. Assess different conceptual approaches to studying and writing about the past;
  4. Show skills in independent research and writing, collaborative skills and presentation;
  5. Demonstrate greater skills in identifying and analysing different historical sources to construct evidence-based arguments in written, oral or digital form.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor's honours degree