The Practice of History A


Rev. Dr Max Vodola (coordinator)
Semester 2, 2020
Thursday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

This seminar based unit is designed to enable students to develop advanced skills in historical research and writing. The unit will include sessions on methods of historic research; writing history; using oral history; the internet and historical research; historiography.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


  • 36 points in Church History at first level
  • 36 points in Church History at second level


regular seminars throughout the semester


  • one 1,000-word seminar paper on historical methodology 20%
  • two 500-word seminar papers on historical analysis 20%
  • one 3,000-word research essay 60%


  • Augustine. City of God. Book 5. (any edition).
  • Bradley, James E., and Richard A. Muller. Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works and Methods. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Burke, Peter, ed. New Perspectives on Historical Writing. 2nd ed. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001.
  • Carr, Edward H. What is History? With a new introduction by Richard J. Evans. Rev. ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. 
  • Curthoys, Ann, and John Docker. Is History Fiction? 2nd ed. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2010.
  • Elton, Geoffrey R., ed. The Practice of History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002. 
  • Evans, Richard J. In Defence of History. New ed. London: Granta Books, 2000.
  • McIntyre, C. T. God, History and Historians: An Anthology of Modern Christian Views of History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.
  • Munslow, Alun. The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies. 2nd ed. Routledge Companions to History. London: Routledge, 2006.
  • Walker, Garthine, ed. Writing Early Modern History. Writing History. London: Hodder Arnold, 2005.