HST311 Philosophy of History (8)

The subject focuses on the nature of historical understanding.  It seeks to explain and assess the place of historical objectivity, casual judgement in history along with speculations on the use of history by social and political interests. On successful completion of this subject students will be able to critically appraise the diverse historiographical and methodological  traditions that underpin the presentation of histories.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
One session
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically appraise and identify historical objectivity
  • be able to critically appraise and identify causal judgment in history
  • be able to identify how social and political interests use history to shape opinion and policy
  • be able to critically appraise the diverse historiographical and methodological traditions that underpin the presentation of histories
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical Objectivity
  • Causal Judgment in History
  • History Methodology and Sources
  • Historical Theories and Traditions
  • History Methodology and Sources
  • Personal Memory
  • Facts and Explaination
  • Historicism: past and present values
  • Using History for Politics and Policy
  • Uniqueness of Historical Events
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.