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UNE unit code: HIST401H

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  • Not offered in 2021
  • Armidale Campus
24/7 online support
  • Yes
Intensive schools
Intensive Schools

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  • Yes
Supervised exam
  • No
Credit points
  • 24

Unit information

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This unit prepares students for writing their theses by examining historical methodology and practice. Students will participate in a regular seminar series (run both on campus and online) focussed on methods of historical research and styles of historical writing. They will be required to conduct a literature review of a relevant historical field, analyse a significant historical method, evaluate examples of thesis-writing and present a seminar paper on a topic related to their thesis.

Intensive schools

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

  Mandatory Intensive SchoolNot OfferedBy arrangement.



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A co-requisite is a unit that you must have either previously passed, or are studying at the same time as another related unit. Some co-requisites will require concurrent study in order to fulfil the inherent requirements of one or more of the units. Read more.

HIST402H (full-time students)

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Honours candidates only

Please refer to the student handbook for further details on this unit.

Unit coordinator(s)

Matt Allen

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. apply advanced critical thinking skills to identify clearly an area of academic study appropriate to postgraduate level work;
  2. demonstrate intellectual independence and work effectively with limited supervision;
  3. demonstrate a coherent and advanced understanding of the principal themes and methodology in their chosen area of study within the history discipline; and
  4. critically analyse key themes within history of study and present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas.

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