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AIH399 - Making History


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: Jonathan Ritchie

Three (3) History AIH coded units



Incompatible with:


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 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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


This exciting third level history unit is the capstone to the history major and is only available to those who have already completed three history units. It has been devised to enhance your skills in historical interpretation and analysis and is taught by staff deeply involved in the production of history.

The unit is team-taught and is comprised of two modules. The first explores the archive as a repository of specific documents that shape and determine the historical narrative. Students will explore government archives, private archives and church archives through new theoretical approaches. The second module will be taught by historian practitioners who will introduce you to historical sources relevant to their current research. This module will change from year to year but may include Indigenous and Australian history, Pacific, European or French history. Students may tackle themes of colonisation, decolonisation, politics, war and memory.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Collect, recall, and indicate relevant information

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Evaluate and interpret relevant information

GLO4: Critical thinking


Evaluate and synthesize relevant information from a range of sources

GLO4: Critical thinking

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

2000 words 50% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay

2000 words 50% Information not yet available

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: AIH399 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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