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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
At level one students must select the two units listed below.
Trimester 1

AIH107 World History Between the Wars 1919 - 1939  

Trimester 2

AIH108 The World After the War: 1945 - 1991  


Levels 2 and 3

Select 6 credit points, ensuring at least 2 credit points at level 2 and at least 2 credit points at level3 from the list below:

 At level 2, all students must include AIH264 and/or AIH288.  At level three all students must take the unit AIH399.

Levels 2

Trimester 1

AIH205 Sex and Gender in History  

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

AIH264 The Holocaust  (Optional core unit 1)

AIH266 Modern Asian History  

Trimester 2

AIH238 Australia and the Two World Wars  

AIH288 Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts  (Optional core unit 2)


Trimester 3

AIH256 Sport in History  

Levels 3

Trimester 1

AIH337 Race, Science and Religion in Australasia 1860s to 1920s  


Trimester 2

AIH389 Revolutionary France 1789-1795  

AIH399 Making History  (Core unit)


Trimester 1 or trimester 2

AIH320 History Internship  (2 credit points) *

^ AIH263 not offered 2015.  Re-offered 2016.

* 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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