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MHIS7001 – Archives: Sources and Silences

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Leigh Boucher
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Archival research is understood to be the foundation of the practice of professional historical inquiry. These various historical artefacts are considered our window onto past lives, experiences and processes. As any historian will admit, however, archives are always partial, incomplete and imperfect. So too, the processes by which certain kinds of knowledge is retained and other kinds of knowledge discarded, dismissed or concealed reveals the inherently politicized character of archival collection. This unit will critically and historically consider the relationship between the historian, archives and the past. How and when did modern “archives” emerge? What was their purpose? What are the implications for historical authority if we admit that the foundation of our disciplinary practice is always incomplete and partial? What new archives have emerged in late modernity? Is the internet one huge and unruly archive?

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of some of history’s principles, methods, and concepts.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, and synthesizing historians' use of archival evidence and argumentation.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate initiative and judgment in historical scholarship.
  • ULO4: Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in the student’s own study of history.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of historical knowledge.

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Reflective Journal 20% No Completed weekly
Synthetic Essay 50% No 17:00 5/11/2011
Analytical essay 30% No 17:00 27/9/2011

Reflective Journal

Assessment Type 1: Log book
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Completed weekly
Weighting: 20%

This unit has a online blog--open to and visible to all students enrolled in the unit--on which students will maintain an individual journal. Students need to make five (5) posts over the course of the semester. Each post needs to be 200-300 words in length. A post needs to be made after the seminar has met and should reflect on the week's theme, the connections between the theme and the readings, and should include any insights gained from class discussions and any questions or problems that still remain.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of some of history’s principles, methods, and concepts.
  • Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, and synthesizing historians' use of archival evidence and argumentation.
  • Demonstrate initiative and judgment in historical scholarship.
  • Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in the student’s own study of history.
  • Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of historical knowledge.

Synthetic Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: 17:00 5/11/2011
Weighting: 50%

Students will write a critically reflective 3,000-3,500-word essay that engages with at least six (6) weekly topics. Students should devise their own essay question relating to the unit theme of archive and the problems of archival research, and have complete free rein in doing so.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of some of history’s principles, methods, and concepts.
  • Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, and synthesizing historians' use of archival evidence and argumentation.
  • Demonstrate initiative and judgment in historical scholarship.
  • Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in the student’s own study of history.
  • Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of historical knowledge.

Analytical essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 23 hours
Due: 17:00 27/9/2011
Weighting: 30%

Students must complete a 1,500-2,000-word preliminary analysis of one piece of self-located historical evidence. Students are free to choose any type of evidence (eg. a document, an object, a piece of art, etc).


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of some of history’s principles, methods, and concepts.
  • Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, and synthesizing historians' use of archival evidence and argumentation.
  • Demonstrate initiative and judgment in historical scholarship.
  • Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in the student’s own study of history.
  • Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of historical knowledge.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Unit readings available on Leganto and detailed assessment guides and weekly schedule on ilearn.

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