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AIH240 - History: Interpreting the Past


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Bart Ziino




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1-hour class (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit introduces students to major trends in the thought and practice of history, from the ancient Greeks to the formulation of ‘contemporary history’.  Students will examine the integral relationship between the study of history and understanding the contemporary world.  They will become familiar with the major differences between historical approaches, the impact of mass literacy, and differing conceptions of time and space.  Students will also engage with the multiple methods of identifying and interrogating historical sources which underpin different approaches to historical practice.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of intellectual approaches that have informed historical thought and practice from the ancient Greeks to 'contemporary history'

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Display a critical awareness of the relationship between past and present, and 'historians' methods of investigating that relationship

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Identify and critically evaluate approaches to history from a range of historical works in different periods and places in an independent manner

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay

1600 words 40% Week 5

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay

2400 words 60% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIH240 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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