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History - unit set code MJ-A000023

In History, students explore the historical precursors of the modern world: the forces and great events of especially the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the ways historians have interpreted them. Among the themes given special attention are war and peace, modernisation and social change, colonialism, nationalism and internationalism, gender in history and the Holocaust. In focusing on such themes, students can choose a sequence from units which cover American, African-American, Asian, Australian and European histories. All units aim to stimulate and challenge students to come to understand past human behaviour and to acquire critical, analytical and research skills. Students should note that not all units are currently available at all campuses.

On successful completion of the History major sequence, students should have the following discipline-specific skills:

  • an ability to illustrate the range of opinion between historians on the subject and how and why historians' interpretations have differed
  • an ability to distinguish between different types of written material in terms of their function, authorship and intention
  • an ability to place a primary source document in its contemporary framework
  • an ability to initiate and conduct interviews and respect the interviewee as a source
  • an ability to be sensitive to the need for appreciation of cultural and gender differences
  • an ability to reflect on the ways in which we construct the past.

Level 1

Trimester 1

AIH107 World History Between the Wars 1919 - 1939 (B, G, X)  


AIA104 Australian Identities: Indigenous and Multicultural (B, G, W, X)  (Final year of offer 2013.)

AIA106 Populate Or Perish: Australia's People   (Commencing 2014.)

Trimester 2

AIH108 The World After the War: 1945 - 1991 (B, G, X)  


AIA105 Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010 (B, G, W, X)  

Levels 2 and 3

Select 6 credit points, including at least 2 credit points at level 2 and at least 2 credit points at level3 from the following

Trimester 1

AIH205 Sex and Gender in History (B, G, X)  

AIH264 The Holocaust (B, G, X)  

AIH265 Great Debates: Unfinished Business of the Past (ONLINE)  *

AIH337 Race, Science and Religion in Australasia 1860s to 1920s (B, G, X)  

Trimester 2

AIH238 Australia and the Two World Wars (B, G)  

AIH263 "History Written with Lightning": Film and the Past (B, G, X)  

AIH288 Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts (B, G, X)  

AIH389 Revolutionary France 1789-1799 (B, G, X)  

AIH399 Making History (B, G, X)  


Trimester 1 or trimester 2

AIH320 History Internship (B, G, X)  (2 credit points) ***


Trimester 3

AIH256 Sport in History (X)  

* AIH265  is offered in the wholly online teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching.

*** AIH320 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Support and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

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