HST411 Theory and Method of History (16)

This is a study of the nature of historical enquiry and the writing of history. The subject aims to prepare students to undertake independent historical research.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to BA (Hons) students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of historical enquiry and the writing of history
  • be able to undertake independent historical research.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The history of history - History, science and morality - Historians and their facts - Sources and discourses - Causation in history - Society and the individual - Knowledge and power - Objectivity and its limits - Varieties of history - Conclusion: what is history now?


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.