Bachelor of Arts

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History - unit set code MJ-A000023

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)

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

AIH107World History Between the Wars 1919 - 1939

or

AIA106Populate Or Perish: Australia's People (Commencing 2014.)

Trimester 2

AIH108The World After the War: 1945 - 1991

or

AIA105Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010

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

AIH205Sex and Gender in History

AIH263"History Written with Lightning": Film and the Past

AIH264The Holocaust

AIH266Modern Asian History

AIH337Race, Science and Religion in Australasia 1860s to 1920s

Trimester 2

AIH238Australia and the Two World Wars

AIH288Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts

AIH389Revolutionary France 1789-1795

AIH399Making History

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

AIH320History Internship (2 credit points) ***

Trimester 3

AIH256Sport in History

*** 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 Services and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

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