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HST311 Philosophy of History (8)

Abstract

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 Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST311
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool 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

Syllabus

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

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 18 October 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.