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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Practising History
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level ARTH, ARTV or HIST points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

    Associate Professor Miranda Johnson -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Miranda Johnson

    Course materials will be made available electronically.
    Course outline

    Available via Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, research skills.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper 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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
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