Courses & Units

The Practice of History HTA402

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast

This unit has been discontinued.


The unit is taught by a mix of video-link and face-to-face seminars.


This unit is a compulsory part of the History Honours program. It inducts students into the historian's craft and the professional practice of history. It aims to impart some basic research skills and introduce students to some issues of theory and method, but above all to introduce them to the variety of approaches and concerns that characterise the discipline. The seminar program will be varied, including practical workshops, general discussions, and presentations on specific topics by local and visiting historians. All seminars will raise issues of method, approach and interpretation.


Unit name The Practice of History
Unit code HTA402
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Prof Philippa Mein Smith

Teaching staff

History Honours coordinator and lecturing staff from the History discipline

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 090305

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



Admission into R4A (Honours in History) OR R5W OR R6W OR R7W


Teaching Pattern

One 2-hour seminar weekly


Written work totalling up to 4000 words;
Seminar participation

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