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HIST353 Practising History

An introduction to historical research, methodology, and local archives.

Practising History is designed to develop applied research skills, foster knowledge of local archives and help develop a critical understanding of the historical research method. Students learn to master the stages of the research process from finding a topic, constructing research questions and planning and designing a methodology to presenting evidence and writing up findings. The paper evaluates key debates in historical research related to issues such as ethics and visual history, as well as the impact of the digital age on research methodologies.

Paper title Practising History
Paper code HIST353
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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18 200-level HIST,ARTH or ARTV points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Teaching staff
Professor Barbara Brookes
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, research skills.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Gain a demonstrated ability to research and report on an in-depth historical investigation.
  • Develop familiarity with historical research methodology, including knowledge of archives, photographs and digital sources.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 19-22