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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

AIH107 World History Between the Wars 1919 - 1939  



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

Trimester 2

AIH108 The World After the War: 1945 - 1991  


AIA105 Visions 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

AIH205 Sex and Gender in History  

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

AIH264 The Holocaust  

AIH266 Modern Asian History  

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

Trimester 2

AIH238 Australia and the Two World Wars  

AIH288 Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts  

AIH389 Revolutionary France 1789-1795  

AIH399 Making History  


Trimester 1 or trimester 2

AIH320 History Internship  (2 credit points) ***


Trimester 3

AIH256 Sport 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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