- 2019

Undergraduate

Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies

Coordinator(s)

Associate Professor Carolyn James

Contact details

HistoryHistory (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-history/)

Location

Caulfield Clayton

History is not simply about dates and facts. It is about ways to interpret and understand the past. History reaches broadly into different aspects of the human experience and considers societies and civilisations across a range of periods and continents. This makes history one of the most exciting and challenging disciplines to study at university. In this major you will have the opportunity to study across several historical fields and consider what has come before us, and you will be provided with new ways to make sense of the world today. By considering the past, you will better understand the current shape of societies and states across the globe, and issues facing individuals and social groups. For example, how did the notion of democracy arise? Why do most of us live in cities? How have ideas and experiences of family or sexuality changed? Why are certain countries and communities implacable enemies?

You will experience the various public uses and applications of history, including digital and online applications. Through elective units, you can choose to pursue one of the following streams of study:

  • American history
  • Asian history
  • Australian history
  • European history
  • Global history
  • Medieval/Renaissance history

Availability

History is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a minor and a major, and in A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major.

Outcomes

In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • understand current philosophical, historical and cultural debates about the nature of history as a discipline and a discourse
  • understand how historians can shape the present and the future
  • think reflectively about different forms or genre of historical representation

Units

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points) chosen from:
    • ATS1316 Medieval worlds: From Vikings to the Silk Road
    • ATS1317 Renaissance worlds: Conflict, art, invention
    • ATS1320 Nations at war: Revolution and empire
    • ATS1321 Nations at war: The twentieth century
    • ATS1325 International studies: Origins of globalisation *
    • ATS1326 International studies: Challenges of globalisation*

    * This unit can be counted as a gateway unit towards history or international studies but not both.

  2. One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:
    • ATS2106Not offered in 2019 An environmental history of the world: People and our planet
    • ATS2109 The commodities that changed the world: An introduction to globalisation and global history
    • ATS2110 Slavery: A history
    • ATS2932 Struggles for justice: The history of rebellion, resistance and revolt
  3. One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:
    • ATS3080Not offered in 2019 Remembering the past
    • ATS3930 Encounters and empire: Europe and the world
    • ATS3933 The meaning of things: Writing cultural history***

    *** Students intending to do honours in history are required to complete ATS3933.

  4. Four units (24 points) from the remaining cornerstone and capstone units or elective list, with at least two units at level 3

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points) chosen from:
    • ATS1316 Medieval worlds: From Vikings to the Silk Road*
    • ATS1317 Renaissance worlds: Conflict, art, invention*
    • ATS1320 Nations at war: Revolution and empire
    • ATS1321 Nations at war: The twentieth century
    • ATS1325 International studies: Origins of globalisation **
    • ATS1326 International studies: Challenges of globalisation**

    * This unit can be counted as a gateway unit towards history or religious studies but not both.

    ** This unit can be counted as a gateway unit towards history or international studies but not both.

  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major including cornerstones, capstones and electives. It is highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Elective list

Students can choose to pursue a particular stream of history study. To plan a stream pathway through the history major refer to the history program website:

  • American history
  • Asian history
  • Australian history
  • European history
  • Global history
  • Medieval/Renaissance history

    Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

  • ATS2057 Genocide
  • ATS2108 The modern family: A global history
  • ATS2189 Conflict and coexistence 1: Jews, Christians and Muslims from antiquity through the middle ages
  • ATS2380 Australia: Migrant nation
  • ATS2385 Australians at war
  • ATS2557Not offered in 2019 Fears and fantasies: Deviance and criminality in the modern world
  • ATS2579 Witches and depravity in the medieval and early modern world
  • ATS2584Not offered in 2019/ATS3584Not offered in 2019 Australia's black history
  • ATS2590Not offered in 2019 Twentieth-century Britain: Rule Britannia to cool Britannia
  • ATS2595 The rise and fall of Nazi Germany
  • ATS2596 The Vietnam War
  • ATS2600 The Holocaust
  • ATS2603 The age of crusades: Cultures and societies
  • ATS2617Not offered in 2019 The American civil war
  • ATS2620 The age of the Samurai
  • ATS2633 Global cities: Past, present and future
  • ATS2758 Religion, philosophy, science
  • ATS2931 Making history at the museum
  • ATS2957Not offered in 2019/ATS3957Not offered in 2019 Medieval Italy: Sites of encounter (12 points)
  • ATS3079 The fall and rise of modern China: From opium war to opening up
  • ATS3124 Everyday life in the Soviet Union
  • ATS3190 Conflict and coexistence 2: Jews, Christians and Muslims in the modern world
  • ATS3573 The Renaissance codes: Art, magic and belief
  • ATS3582 Arab-Israeli conflict
  • ATS3583 History and film: Nazi Germany and the Jewish Holocaust
  • ATS3593Not offered in 2019 History of sexuality 1800 to the present
  • ATS3623Not offered in 2019 Nationality, ethnicity and conflict
  • ATS3626 Global disasters: Catastrophe and social change
  • ATS3631 The idea of travel: Global perspectives
  • ATS3908 American empire: The United States from colonies to superpower
  • ATS3935 Professional practice

International study tours

  • ATS2394Not offered in 2019/ATS3394Not offered in 2019 Australia and Asia
  • ATS2612Not offered in 2019/ATS3612Not offered in 2019 The Renaissance in Florence
  • ATS2995Not offered in 2019 Blood and guts: The history of medicine in Europe
  • ATS3208Not offered in 2019 In the footsteps of refugees
  • ATS3284Not offered in 2019 Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust
  • ATS3311Not offered in 2019 Text and community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

Requirements for progressing to honours

24 points of relevant level 3 units, which should include ATS3933 (The meaning of things: Writing cultural history).

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2038 Bachelor of International Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2039 Bachelor of Marketing and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2046 Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.