Details for Historical Theory and Method

This is a core subject in the BMin Humanities (Modern History) Major.

This subject will be replaced by HIS390 from Semester 1, 2023 onwards.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: HIS290
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Mark Hutchinson


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Historical Theory and Method

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Analyse and effectively communicate the nature of historiography and various key issues, actors and arguments.
  2. Analyse the context and effectively examine an existing school of historical thought, contrasting and constructing a viable alternative which integrates Christian faith and learning, in a form and at a level suitable to the discipline;
  3. Research, analyse and apply knowledge about a range of historiographical concepts and/or thinkers in ways which demonstrate an understanding of the historiographical enterprise.
  4. Examine the key writers and the secondary reflective literature in a bibliography which contrasts and differentiates two schools of historiography and demonstrates significant personal engagement.

Subject Content

  • What is history?
  • Institutional locations of history
  • 'Science vs art' debate
  • Objectivity debate and social history
  • Use of social scienes in history
  • The rise and fall of 'post-', mediated and popular histories
  • 'Universal,' world and transnational histories in an absence of meaning
  • Christian responses

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (on campus)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Case Study (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Forum Postings (10%)
  • Annotated Bibliography (15%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided