A single-semester paper representing half of HIST 490 (normally taken by approved students in the second semester and again in the first semester of the following year).
One of the most important elements of the Honours Degree and Postgraduate Diploma, the history dissertation involves writing a research thesis of between 16,000 and 20,000 words on a subject of the student's own choice, based on primary sources. These sources may be printed or published, or archival, depending on the topic chosen. The dissertation offers a comprehensive training in research skills and methods and requires you to submit a short thesis based on primary sources that meets professional standards of argument, documentation and presentation. The successful completion of one of these projects is regarded as the principal research qualification for those who may wish to proceed to MA study or beyond. Employers seeking evidence of substantial self-discipline also regard completion of these projects highly.
|Points||60 points 60 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,646.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$6,528.00|
- Limited to
- BA(Hons), PGDipArts
- Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History & Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Mark Seymour and Professor Takashi Shogimen
- To be advised
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Specific learning objectives of the dissertation include:
- The development of the capacity to work independently
- The refinement of skills in accessing and evaluating information
- The capacity to analyse material in a logical and coherent manner
- The articulation of ideas in the form of an extended academic discourse
- The development of habits of scholarship, in particular the ability to set high standards, to be self-critical, to critique sources and to prepare and present material of publication standard