Making History: Capstone Unit - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Online Discussion (10%) , Open Book Exam - Take-Home Exam (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST380 Making History Capstone Unit.

Making History is designed as a ‘finishing unit’ for students studying history. It will help you to develop the historiographical skills required for advanced historical study, as well as providing the opportunity to reflect on your historical study to date. Students will conduct a large-scale historiographical research project, and will engage with views into the nature, boundaries and purpose of ‘history’ since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Topics explored include empiricism, universal histories, objectivity and truth, gender, changing understandings of subject matter and evidence, post-colonialism and post-modernism. As a Capstone Unit, Making History is a requirement of a Modern History major through Macquarie University. It provides valuable skills for those wishing to pursue higher levels of historical study and an important theoretical foundation for history teachers.

In this unit students will:

  1. develop an understanding of key developments in modern historiography
  2. gain a thorough understanding of historiography and the ways in which it shapes historical writing
  3. reflect on prior historical study and incorporate this into historiographical analysis
  4. have the opportunity to develop a large historiographical research project
  5. assess the ethical implications of historical events and actions
  6. consider the importance of methodologies and philosophies of history in its practice and teaching.
  • Online Discussion (10%)
  • Open Book Exam — Take-Home Exam (20%)
  • Project (60%)
  • Proposal — Project Proposal (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST380 — Making History Capstone Unit

You should have studied some History/Politics at Level 1 & 2 before starting this unit.It is recommended you complete 1 other Level 3 History unit.This is a capstone unit & must be the last unit taken

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Biography as history?
2History and fiction
3Empiricism in history
4New history?
6The 'cultural turn'
7Marxist history and class
8Post-colonial history
9Gender and history
10The 'spatial turn' and environmental history
11'The emotional turn' and psychoanalysis in history
12Global, world and transnational history

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Houses of History: A Critical Reader in History and Theory

    By:Green, Anna

    ISBN: 9780719096211


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