HISTY516-21A (HAM)

History and Theory

30 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
History

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: monique.mulder@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This is a core graduate paper that introduces students to some of the key theoretical ideas in the field today. It prepares students for professional historical practice and higher study through an investigation of relevant historiographical theories and methodologies. Historians have long employed various theoretical ideas in their search for knowledge, truth, and retelling the past in present day scholarship. This course engages students with questions that ask: What are some of the predominant theoretical ideas used by historians in the past? How are historians now using theory as an essential component of their work? HISTY516: History and Theory seeks to enable students with a well-rounded understanding of theory, and its application to historical research practice. Students will read widely and become familiar with previous and current literature in the field of historical theory and methodology.

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Paper Structure

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There will be four hours of Lectures and discussion per week. You must attend all scheduled sessions and complete the required readings (the required readings will be discussed in class - not all readings in the outline will be required readings, some will be optional). Some sessions will involve student presentations. You must come well-prepared and expect to participate in all sessions.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • identify key theoretical terms and concepts employed by contemporary historians;
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  • explain how history writing has evolved as a discipline with a focus on ninetenth and twentieth century scholarship;
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  • differentiate between and explain the ideas, methods and relationships between major ‘schools’ of historical thought;
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  • constructively examine their own assumptions and practices as historians;
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  • construct a new historical research project underpinned by theories and methods relevant to their chosen subject area.
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Assessment

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Additional information will be provided in class.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment ONE: Book Review 1
20
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Assignment TWO: Book Review 2
20
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Assignment THREE: Seminar Presentation
24 May 2021
9:00 AM
25
  • Presentation: In Class
4. Assignment FOUR: Essay
11 Jun 2021
5:00 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Anna Green and Kathleen Troup, The Houses of History: A critical reader in twentieth-century history and theory (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999) (Available in Bennetts)

D13.2.H68 1999

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Recommended Readings

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Mary Fulbrook, Historical Theory (London and New York: Routledge, 2002)D16.8.F86 2002

A number of pertinent books are held in The Gibbons Graduate Collection in the Graduate Room (J.3.08A).

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Other Resources

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Any Other Resources required will be provided via the online class Moodle Page.
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Online Support

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This course uses Moodle as its online support space. Students should regularly check-in to the HISTY516 Moodle Page to find further instructions and support as the course progresses
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Workload

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A fulltime semester paper at honours level is worth 30 points towards the degree and consists of 300 hours of learning, according to the University formula inclusive of classes (Graduate Handbook 2015, p.15).

Scheduled classes take up nearly 50 hours, and therefore you should have available some 250 hours at least outside class time for reading, research, writing, and other activities related to the paper. Research and learning at honours level requires more intensive planning and preparation than undergraduate study. Be careful to commit the appropriate amount of time to your reading, writing, class attendance and research.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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HISTY516: Historical Theories and Methods has links to the core undergraduate Methodology paper HISTY206: History in Practice. The undergraduate course introduced students to historical method and historiography, and HISTY516 digs much deeper looking at how historical methodologies are informed and driven by underlying theoretical ideas and arguments.
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: HIST502, HIST506, HIST516

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