Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Professor Erik Eklund


This unit introduces students to different modes of historical and political writing. It examines the rationale behind the various modes of writing and relevance these writing have to historical and political subjects. It examines the how different modes of writing can be evaluated. Students studying this unit will be encouraged to apply their knowledge and understanding of the various modes of historical and political writing to their own particular research interest.


At the completion of the unit students will be expected to have:

  1. demonstrated an understanding of issues and processes that shape research writing
  2. used a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to analyse and critically evaluate the way different modes of historical and political research writing have impacted on scholarly debate
  3. developed skills in oral and written presentation in discussing modes of research writing
  4. applied knowledge and theoretical understandings of research writing modes to research projects and assignments.


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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Chief examiner(s)


First degree with a major in history-politics or related discipline


GSC4510, HPL4510