• July 22nd, 2015

Historiographical Review Essay

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Question: How did sexual liberation movements in Australia in 1960s and 1970s impact on women’s or men’s experiences (heterosexual or gay/lesbian)? In what ways can the late 1960s and 1970s be described as an era of sexual permissiveness (freedom)?
(can touch on mens sexual experiences too, but mainly focus on heterosexual women)

The essay must be fully documented using footnoting and bibliographical conventions (OXFORD) as set out in the ‘Academic Referencing Module’ (ARM) and ‘Academic Referencing Tool’ (ART) available on LMS (Moodle) Links for these: http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/referencing-tool/about-art and http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/referencing-tool/oxford

You will be assessed on:
Inquiry/Research o The strength of your secondary researchØ
Critical thinking o Your ability to interpret and analyse secondary writingØ
Creative problem-solving o the strength and coherence of your argument, supported by evidenceØ
Continuity and Change; Time and ContextØ
Ethical and Cultural AwarenessØ

Historiographical Review: What is it? Historiographical means the study of how histories are written. In this review essay you need to identify, evaluate and analyse how other historians have written about the question/topic you are considering:
What questions do they consider? What questions are ignored?Ø
What do they argue about the topic? What do they conclude?Ø
What do prior studies agree on? Where do they disagree?Ø
What major questions remain?Ø
What are the strengths, weaknesses and gaps of existing work? The aim of a historiographical (or literature) review is to:Ø
to better understand your topicØ
to compare and contrast the various arguments related to your topicØ
to fix your topic in a theoretical or conceptual frameworkØ
to discover what research has already been done in that area.Ø

A historiographical review essay involves:
surveying the literature on your topicØ
synthesising and critically analysing the information gathered,Ø
developing an argument to answer an essay question Intended Learning OutcomesØ
To be able to conduct secondary research independentlyØ
To be able to identify and assimilate secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of the pastØ
To be able to situate in time and context, analysing continuity and changeØ
Be able to identify and analyse the impact of difference — such as class, gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, age and geographical location — on the regulation or experience of sexuality.Ø

Minimum of six SECONDARY RESOURCES. This is crucial

Some topics can be:
contraceptive pill – more accessible/banned
abortion – choice
marital rape and nonmarital rape
masturbation and how it revolutionised women’s sexuality

Referencing Style Guides: www.latrobe.libguides.com/footnoting
History uses FOOTNOTES, not endnotes or in-text citations.§
Essays MUST BE double-spaced, with a five centimetre left margin and preferably printed single-sided.§ A bibliography is essential in addition to the footnotes. Bibliographies are to be presented on a separate page §
All essays must have a signed statement of academic authorship attached. Essays will not be marked if§


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