HIST450-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

History as a Discipline

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course traces the development of the discipline of history; it examines the principal modern approaches to the study of the past; it makes explicit the methodological principles which underlie historical research and writing; and it encourages reflection on controversial matters concerning truth, objectivity, bias, values and cross-cultural understanding.

HIST450 aims to equip students with the intellectual toolkit they need to be competent historians. It is an essential course for students completing a HIST480 dissertation as part of their Honours degree and for those who plan to go on to undertake historical research at postgraduate levels. More generally, it seeks to develop high-level transferable analytical skills and group work skills that enhance overall employability.

The course offers an overview of the development of the discipline of History and outlines current and emerging approaches to its study. It focuses on the development of History as a professional discipline in universities from the late nineteenth century up to the present day. The course has a methodological and reflective focus, and will sometimes venture into the philosophy history. It encourages candidates to engage with and explore different approaches to History as a discipline, to consider the possibilities and limitations of these approaches, and to reflect on the relationship between historiographical developments and their own research.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.



Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Karl Popper 508
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Elsie Locke 611 Meeting Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Elsie Locke 611 Meeting Room
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Textbooks / Resources

Modern Historiography: An Introduction
by Bentley, Michael

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,937.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All HIST450 Occurrences

  • HIST450-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022