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HIST491 Dissertation

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.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code HIST491
Subject History
EFTS 0.2500
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,614.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,400.00

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Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
history.arthistory@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
To be advised.
Textbooks
Recommended:

William Strunk Jr and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, 4th edition (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000).

William Zinsser, On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Non-fiction, 5th edition (New York: Harper Perennial, 1994).

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
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

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 12, 17

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 32, 34, 37, 39

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.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code HIST491
Subject History
EFTS 0.2500
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,646.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,528.00

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Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
history.arthistory@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Mark Seymour and Professor Takashi Shogimen
Textbooks
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

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 10, 15

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29, 31, 34, 38