HIST480-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Research Paper

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


Research Paper

Hist480 provides candidates with an opportunity to research and present an extended piece of academic writing that engages with the analysis of primary source material and/or key issues connected with ongoing historiographical debate(s). The course offers training in advanced skills relating to sources and assesses the ability of candidates to present cogent analysis to a professional and informed audience in both a written and an oral format.

All Hist480 candidates are required to produce a Research Paper of 8,000-10,000 words on a subject of the candidate’s choice. The Research Paper is a substantial exercise which should be of the length, format and the quality of articles in historical journals. All students taking Hist480 are required to complete a seminar programme in Semester 1, which examines the varied types of sources that may form the focus of historical research. Every student taking Hist480 is also required to present their research findings orally in the context of a professional research seminar.

The value of Hist480 lies in the experience it provides in finding and analysing large bodies of data, developing arguments based on them and presenting these in both an oral and a written form. The process enables you to develop certain skills in the management of a body of often diverse material and in the clear expression of ideas which emerge from it. These skills should stand you in good stead whether or not you continue with historical research at postgraduate level, since they involve handling and analysis of complex data, effective time management, and fluency in presenting an argument.

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.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Course Coordinator

Lyndon Fraser


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
4 Required 'Milestones' to be completed at set intervals in S1 and S2
8-10,000 word dissertation 100%

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* 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 HIST480 Occurrences

  • HIST480-23W (C) Whole Year 2023