University of Newcastle Australia program

Fact or Fiction? Reading the Past

This program, HIST2002, will dive into the nature and practice of history.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Develop your knowledge of how the past is recovered, constructed and debated.

Why study history? Can we really know about the past? Is history fiction? Why is the past so frequently and bitterly contested?

In this program, you will focus on the craft of history. You will examine how varied and controversial historical writing can be. You will adopt diverse methods to interpret important events in international contexts and in a range of time periods. In doing so, you will interrogate the process by which the past is recovered, constructed and debated.

The discussion about the nature and practice of history will be furthered by a range of innovative assessment tasks. These tasks are designed to prepare you for work in a history-related field.


4 courses

The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our degree programs are internationally recognised. Our research is world-class and diverse and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. UON is ranked 207th in the prestigious 2020 QS World University Rankings and is consistently in the top 10 Australian universities for research.

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Who will you learn with?

Hi, I'm Sacha Davis. I'm a lecturer in modern European history at UON. My own research focuses on Central Europe, minorities and the nation-state.

I look forward to getting to know you in this course!

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate a range of approaches and methods used by historians and related scholars.
  2. Apply a number of methodologies employed by historians and scholars in related fields, taking account of ethical and intercultural issues as they arise.
  3. Assess the use of a range of historical sources in scholarly argumentation.
  4. Use a range of sources effectively in scholarly writing about the past.

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