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Postgraduate | SWI-PWR70004-2023

Writing History: People, Places and Times

Take your readers back in time as you learn about the process of researching, producing and publishing historical writing.Discuss creating fictionalised characters based on real people. Consider local, family and social approaches to history.

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 29 May 2023

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Upfront cost


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About this subject

What you'll learn

After successfully completing this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically evaluate the debates, methodologies, and techniques used to write, creatively interpret, and document historical events in a variety of forms and genres
  2. Demonstrate the different writing skills and techniques required to create critically informed pieces of writing that engage with the debates, issues and varying elements of history
  3. Conceptualise, plan, research, and produce a piece of writing that engages with, creatively illustrates, or interprets an aspect of history.
    • Various approaches to the writing of History
    • Understanding the process of writing a family history and genealogy
    • Writing from your own history
    • The key aspects of biography and writing about the history of others
    • Analysing the writing of historical fiction
    • Fictionalising from Real People
    • Writing about place
    • Writing about objects
    • Writing a local history
    • Considering alternative forms of writing history
    • Understanding theoretical approaches to the writing of history
    • Publication opportunities
  • In this subject, students will learn the dimensions of research and publication in the writing of history. Students will develop the skills needed to create narratives using local, family, social or material history and to produce a piece of writing for publication in print and/or online.

  • Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

    • Assignments (60-70%)
    • Online Discussion (30-40%)
  • For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • SWI-WRI-GDI-2023 - Graduate Diploma of Writing
  • SWI-WRI-MAS-2023 - Master of Writing


  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2023 - Postgraduate Single Subjects
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2023 - Postgraduate Single Subjects

Equivalent subjects

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

  • SWI-LPW602 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Graduate Diploma of Writing

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Master of Writing

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Postgraduate Single Subjects