History major

Its scope spans millennia, its object of study is humanity, its sources are everywhere and everything.

History's endeavour is unashamedly vast, daunting and challenging. In submitting the past to the scrutiny of the present, it explores among so much more the experience of wars, revolutions, conflicts and diasporas, nations, empires, economies, cultures, emotions and people from the most elevated to the lowliest. In History there are no taboo areas and no questions are off limits. Doing History means learning how to learn about the past, it means engaging with its wonders and horrors, and it means joining in its telling and retelling. Doing History immerses you in discovery, debate, discussion, understanding, surprise and awe, and it requires of you rigour, reason, questioning, imagination and passion. By doing History, you become part of the process by which humanity's memory itself comes to be made.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a capacity to understand imaginatively other times, societies and cultures; (2) demonstrate an awareness of the world we live in, through reference to important aspects of humanity's past experience; (3) demonstrate a knowledge of major historical developments in a range of times and places; (4) identify main issues in a body of complex historical material; (5) critically evaluate differences and issues in others' interpretations of historical events; (6) describe and interpret evidence of past human experience, proposing explanations for the content of such evidence with reference to concepts such as power, myth, representation, culture and social structure; (7) independently formulate a logical argument, supported by relevant evidence; (8) express ideas in clear, cogent and correct English; (9) conduct independent research by locating and organising information relating to a specific question or problem; (10) provide historical resources for research exercises and apply critical and analytical tools to them; and (11) demonstrate a knowledge of the motors of historical change in a range of times and places.

Degree-specific major

History can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

History is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
WOMN1102 Days of Our Lives: Gender in Australia
S1 HIST1001 Old Worlds and New Empires
Incompatibility:
HIST1101 Old Worlds, New Empires 1250–1750
S2 HIST1002 An Age of Violence: the Making of the Modern World, 1789-2010
S2 HIST1003 Society and Culture in Europe, 800-1700
Incompatibility:
MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
N/A HIST1102 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective
Incompatibility:
EURO1101 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective
S2 HIST1901 Environmental History
Incompatibility:
HIST2201 Environmental History

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A HIST2001 Restaging the Past: Cinema and the Practice of History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2223 Restaging the Past: Cinema and the Practice of History
S2 HIST2003 Crises and Controversies in Australian History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
S2 HIST2005 Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST1122 History, the Holocaust and the Historians; HIST2237 German History from Bismarck to Hitler
S2 HIST2006 Imperial America—1845 to Present
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2240 Cowboy Colonialism: the American West; HIST2275 The USA from Civil War to Superpower; HIST2277 The USA since 1945
S1 HIST2007 Thinking History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
N/A HIST2008 White Supremacy
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2249 White Supremacy; HIST3349 White Supremacy
S2 HIST2011 From 'Glorious Revolution' to Industrial Revolution: Making Britain, 1688–1888
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2244 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation; HIST3344 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation
S1 HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 History unit
or
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women
N/A HIST2014 The City in History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
N/A HIST2015 Looking for Australia: From the Deep Past to Federation
S1 HIST2202 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History
Incompatibility:
EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History
N/A HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
Prerequisites:
Any level 1 GEND, EURO
or
HIST unit
Incompatibility:
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GEND3901 Feminist Thought
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Arts unit
Incompatibility:
WOMN2200 Text and Gender
S1 HIST3001 Making History
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
any Level 1 units and any Level 2 unit in the Archaeology major (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
Incompatibility:
HIST2220 Making History
S1 HIST3004 Twentieth-century Britain
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2245 Britain in the Twentieth Century
N/A HIST3005 African American History: Freedom Struggles from Plantation to Prison and Beyond
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2279 Twentieth-century African–American History; HIST3379 Twentieth-century African–American History
N/A HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S2 HIST3010 Introduction to African History
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2247 Introduction to African History
S1 HIST3011 The Vikings
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2285 The Vikings; HIST3385 The Vikings
N/A HIST3012 Early Modern France 1500–1789
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
S2 HIST3014 Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Australian History
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
or
any Level 2 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
S1 HIST3016 Eyewitness to the Past: Photography and History
Prerequisites:
completion of 12 points of Level 2
or
Level 3 units
N/A HIST3017 Mysticism, Melancholy and Madness
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 History
or
Level 2 Medieval and Early Modern Studies unit
or
EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History. .
Incompatibility:
MEMS2215 Mysticism, Melancholy and Madness
N/A HIST3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 EURO, HIST
or
ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
EURO2203 Imagined Homelands—Survey; EURO3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the History degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-HISTY

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the History degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-HISTY-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

History can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

History can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The History second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
WOMN1102 Days of Our Lives: Gender in Australia
S1 HIST1001 Old Worlds and New Empires
Incompatibility:
HIST1101 Old Worlds, New Empires 1250–1750
S2 HIST1002 An Age of Violence: the Making of the Modern World, 1789-2010
S2 HIST1003 Society and Culture in Europe, 800-1700
Incompatibility:
MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
N/A HIST1102 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective
Incompatibility:
EURO1101 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective
S2 HIST1901 Environmental History
Incompatibility:
HIST2201 Environmental History

Level 2

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A HIST2001 Restaging the Past: Cinema and the Practice of History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2223 Restaging the Past: Cinema and the Practice of History
S2 HIST2003 Crises and Controversies in Australian History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
S2 HIST2005 Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST1122 History, the Holocaust and the Historians; HIST2237 German History from Bismarck to Hitler
S2 HIST2006 Imperial America—1845 to Present
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2240 Cowboy Colonialism: the American West; HIST2275 The USA from Civil War to Superpower; HIST2277 The USA since 1945
S1 HIST2007 Thinking History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
N/A HIST2008 White Supremacy
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2249 White Supremacy; HIST3349 White Supremacy
S2 HIST2011 From 'Glorious Revolution' to Industrial Revolution: Making Britain, 1688–1888
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2244 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation; HIST3344 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation
S1 HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 History unit
or
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women
N/A HIST2014 The City in History
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
N/A HIST2015 Looking for Australia: From the Deep Past to Federation
S1 HIST2202 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History
Incompatibility:
EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History
N/A HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change
Prerequisites:
Any level 1 GEND, EURO
or
HIST unit
Incompatibility:
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History

Level 3

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GEND3901 Feminist Thought
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 Arts unit
Incompatibility:
WOMN2200 Text and Gender
S1 HIST3001 Making History
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
any Level 1 units and any Level 2 unit in the Archaeology major (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
Incompatibility:
HIST2220 Making History
S1 HIST3004 Twentieth-century Britain
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2245 Britain in the Twentieth Century
N/A HIST3005 African American History: Freedom Struggles from Plantation to Prison and Beyond
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2279 Twentieth-century African–American History; HIST3379 Twentieth-century African–American History
N/A HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S2 HIST3010 Introduction to African History
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2247 Introduction to African History
S1 HIST3011 The Vikings
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2285 The Vikings; HIST3385 The Vikings
N/A HIST3012 Early Modern France 1500–1789
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
S2 HIST3014 Intimate Strangers: Journeys in Australian History
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
or
any Level 2 unit from the Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major
S1 HIST3016 Eyewitness to the Past: Photography and History
Prerequisites:
completion of 12 points of Level 2
or
Level 3 units
N/A HIST3017 Mysticism, Melancholy and Madness
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 History
or
Level 2 Medieval and Early Modern Studies unit
or
EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History. .
Incompatibility:
MEMS2215 Mysticism, Melancholy and Madness
N/A HIST3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 EURO, HIST
or
ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
EURO2203 Imagined Homelands—Survey; EURO3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how History can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-HISTY

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

History can also be taken as a degree-specific major.