UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Abdi Fatah Hassan

At the beginning of my course, History was one of the many interests I had. After three years, I can say it has become a passion. The staff, content and students will provide you with informative and challenging experiences. Above all, you are given the opportunity to fully realise your potential and develop your critical skills.

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

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 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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 None
S2 HIST1003 Society and Culture in Pre-modern Europe Incompatibility: MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S1 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

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 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
N/A HIST2002 The Rise and Fall of European Fascism Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: HIST2231 Rise and Fall of European Fascism
N/A 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
N/A HIST2004 Europe: Crusades to Black Death Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: HIST1111 Medieval Europe c.750–1250; HIST2206 Later Medieval England 1272–1485; HIST2208 The Crusades; HIST3304 Medieval England 871–1272; HIST3306 Later Medieval England 1272–1485; HIST3307 The Renaissance in Europe c.1300–1520; HIST3308 The Crusades; HIST3387 Castles, Cathedrals, Markets and Rituals
N/A 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
N/A 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
N/A HIST2007 Thinking History Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
S2 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
N/A 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
S2 HIST2012 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650 Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
N/A 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
S2 HIST2014 The City in History Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
S1 HIST2015 Looking for Australia: From the Deep Past to Federation None
N/A HIST2202 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History Incompatibility: EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History
S2 HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change Prerequisites: Any level 1 GEND, EURO or HIST unit
Incompatibility: GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History

Level 3

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 GEND3901 Feminist Thought Prerequisites: any Level 1 Arts unit
Incompatibility: WOMN2200 Text and Gender
N/A 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
N/A HIST3002 Russia and the Soviet Union in the Twentieth Century Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2238 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992; HIST3338 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992
N/A HIST3003 Western Australia: History and Heritage Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2264 Western Australia: History and Heritage; HIST3364 Western Australia: History and Heritage
N/A 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
S2 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
S2 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
N/A HIST3008 From Sudan to Saddam: Australia's Foreign Wars Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2270 From Sudan to Saddam: Australia's Foreign Wars
N/A HIST3009 Mythistory: Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Historical Imagination Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2233 History in Fantasy, Fantasy in History; HIST2233 Mythistory: Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Historical Imagination; HIST3233 History, Fantasy and Tolkien's Worlds
N/A 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
N/A 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
S1 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
N/A HIST3016 Eyewitness to the Past: Photography and History Prerequisites: completion of 12 points of Level 2 or Level 3 units
S1 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
S2 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 (opens in a new window)

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 Commerce, Bachelor of Design 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 (opens in a new window)

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

History can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

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

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

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 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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 None
S2 HIST1003 Society and Culture in Pre-modern Europe Incompatibility: MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S1 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

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 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
N/A HIST2002 The Rise and Fall of European Fascism Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: HIST2231 Rise and Fall of European Fascism
N/A 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
N/A HIST2004 Europe: Crusades to Black Death Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: HIST1111 Medieval Europe c.750–1250; HIST2206 Later Medieval England 1272–1485; HIST2208 The Crusades; HIST3304 Medieval England 871–1272; HIST3306 Later Medieval England 1272–1485; HIST3307 The Renaissance in Europe c.1300–1520; HIST3308 The Crusades; HIST3387 Castles, Cathedrals, Markets and Rituals
N/A 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
N/A 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
N/A HIST2007 Thinking History Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Contemporary European Culture in Historical Perspective or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
S2 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
N/A 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
S2 HIST2012 Renaissance, Reformation, Revolt: Europe 1450–1650 Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
N/A 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
S2 HIST2014 The City in History Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
S1 HIST2015 Looking for Australia: From the Deep Past to Federation None
N/A HIST2202 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History Incompatibility: EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History
S2 HIST2902 Masculinity, Nostalgia and Change Prerequisites: Any level 1 GEND, EURO or HIST unit
Incompatibility: GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History

Level 3

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 GEND3901 Feminist Thought Prerequisites: any Level 1 Arts unit
Incompatibility: WOMN2200 Text and Gender
N/A 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
N/A HIST3002 Russia and the Soviet Union in the Twentieth Century Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2238 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992; HIST3338 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992
N/A HIST3003 Western Australia: History and Heritage Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2264 Western Australia: History and Heritage; HIST3364 Western Australia: History and Heritage
N/A 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
S2 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
S2 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
N/A HIST3008 From Sudan to Saddam: Australia's Foreign Wars Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2270 From Sudan to Saddam: Australia's Foreign Wars
N/A HIST3009 Mythistory: Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Historical Imagination Prerequisites: a Level 2 History unit or EURO2201 European Civilisation or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility: HIST2233 History in Fantasy, Fantasy in History; HIST2233 Mythistory: Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Historical Imagination; HIST3233 History, Fantasy and Tolkien's Worlds
N/A 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
N/A 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
S1 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
N/A HIST3016 Eyewitness to the Past: Photography and History Prerequisites: completion of 12 points of Level 2 or Level 3 units
S1 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
S2 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 (opens in a new window)

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

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