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MHIS3000 – Making History

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Associate Professor
Alison Holland
Room 270, Level 2, 25B/C, Wally's Walk, Faculty of Arts
TBA
Associate Professor
Tanya Evans
TBA
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above OR (20cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units at 2000 level)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

What is history and how do historians practice their craft? What is the history of history and does it inform issues and debates in contemporary society? What skills does it teach us? Through the prism of historical literacy this unit explores the meanings, structures, methodologies and interpretive frames of historical thinking as well as the relationship between history and the public sphere. Drawing on knowledge and content from across the major students work individually and collectively on a set of big theoretical questions about history, historical practice and memory. The unit ennables students to understand and articulate how their historical literacy is an important attribute of their employability.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO2: Integrate and apply discipline specific knowledge to contemporary and historical problems.
  • ULO1: Reflect on and articulate discipline specific skills and literacy.
  • ULO3: Think critically and analytically.
  • ULO4: Communicate effectively in written, oral and interpersonal forms.
  • ULO5: Synthesise and integrate knowledge from multiple topic areas.
  • ULO6: Think historically about the present.

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Policy: Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a penalty for lateness will apply - two marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date and no assignment will be accepted more than seven days (Incl.weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments - eg, quizzes, online tests.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
In class and online participation 20% No Across the semester
Debate/Presentation 20% No Weeks 11 and 12
Written Reflection 20% No Friday, 4th June, midnight
Individual Thesis 40% No Monday, 19th April, midnight

In class and online participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Across the semester
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will be required to prepare for each class by completing the compulsory readings. They will engage in group discussion in class, demonstrating effective, respectful listening and undertaking a number of short reflective written and oral collaborative exercises across the semester to track progress and engagement.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Reflect on and articulate discipline specific skills and literacy.
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral and interpersonal forms.
  • Think historically about the present.

Debate/Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Debate
Indicative Time on Task 2: 24 hours
Due: Weeks 11 and 12
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will make individual and group oral presentations based on their individual/group theses. These are to be 6-8 minutes in length.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate and apply discipline specific knowledge to contemporary and historical problems.
  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral and interpersonal forms.

Written Reflection

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Friday, 4th June, midnight
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will write a short, 800 word, reflection on historical understanding, drawing on the key themes of the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Reflect on and articulate discipline specific skills and literacy.
  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral and interpersonal forms.
  • Think historically about the present.

Individual Thesis

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Monday, 19th April, midnight
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will compose an extended written response to a debate/presentation topic. This will be a critical piece of writing, setting out an argument in depth and including three historical/historiographical examples to illustrate. This will then form the basis of a group debate presentation later in the semester.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate and apply discipline specific knowledge to contemporary and historical problems.
  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral and interpersonal forms.
  • Synthesise and integrate knowledge from multiple topic areas.

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

This unit is entirely seminar based. There are no lectures. Please consult the ilearn site for details of the unit assessments and for instructions from your convenor. The first seminar is in the first week of semester.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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