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Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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 Faculty of Arts 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

Dr Megan Cassidy-Welch

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 and 0202 Bachelor of Letters at Clayton as a minor, major or extended major, and 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/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points) chosen from:

  • ATS1316 Medieval Europe**
  • ATS1317 Renaissance Europe**
  • ATS1320 Nations at war: Revolution and empire
  • ATS1321 Nations at war: The twentieth century

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

Note: Students who have completed a pair of the following level 1 units may count them as alternative gateway units but they cannot be counted as gateway units towards both history and another area of study:

  • ATS1247 Ancient cultures 1
  • ATS1248 Ancient cultures 2
  • ATS1319 Understanding Asia: An introduction to Asian history and culture
  • ATS1322 Conflict and coexistence 1: Jews, Christians and Muslims from antiquity through the middle ages
  • ATS1325 Contemporary worlds 1
  • ATS1326 Contemporary worlds 2
  • ATS1960 Conflict and coexistence 2: Jews, Christians and Muslims in the modern world

(b.) One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS2106 A short history of the world: From the big bang to climate change
  • 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

(c.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS3080 Remembering the past
  • ATS3092 Reading and researching history*
  • 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 either ATS3933 (The meaning of things: Writing cultural history) or ATS3092 (Reading and researching history)

(d.) Four units (24 points) from the remaining cornerstone and capstone units or Elective List A or List B, with at least two units at level 3.

Note: No more than 12 points can be selected from List B.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points) chosen from:

  • ATS1316 Medieval Europe**
  • ATS1317 Renaissance Europe**
  • ATS1320 Nations at war: Revolution and empire
  • ATS1321 Nations at war: The twentieth century

Note: Students who have completed a pair of the following level 1 units may count them as alternative gateway units but they cannot be counted as gateway units towards both History and another area of study:

  • ATS1247 Ancient cultures 1
  • ATS1248 Ancient cultures 2
  • ATS1319 Understanding Asia: An introduction to Asian history and culture
  • ATS1322 Conflict and coexistence 1: Jews, Christians and Muslims from antiquity through the middle ages
  • ATS1325 Contemporary worlds 1
  • ATS1326 Contemporary worlds 2
  • ATS1960 Conflict and coexistence 2: Jews, Christians and Muslims in the modern world

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

(b.) Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major except List B. It is a highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Extended major requirements (72 points)

No more than 24 points at level 1 may be credited to the extended major and at least 24 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements for the major in History (48 points)

(b.) One additional capstone unit (6 points) including at least one of ATS3933 or ATS3092 if not already completed

(c.) Three units (18 points) from the remaining cornerstone or capstone units from the major or Elective list A or B, ensuring that you will have at least four level 3 units to credit to the extended major.

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.

List A

  • ATS2057 Genocide
  • ATS2107 Colonial America: From puritans to revolutionaries
  • ATS2108 The modern family: A global history
  • ATS2385 ANZAC legends: Australians at war
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War
  • ATS2574 Fears and fantasies: deviance and criminality in the modern world
  • ATS2579 Witches and depravity in the medieval and early modern world
  • ATS2584/ATS3584 Australia's black history
  • ATS2587 Twentieth century Australia: From ANZAC to Apology
  • ATS2588 Australia to 1901: Making a nation
  • ATS2590 Twentieth-century Britain: Rule Britannia to cool Britannia
  • ATS2596 The Vietnam War
  • ATS2600 The Holocaust
  • ATS2602 Renaissance Italy
  • ATS2603 The age of crusades: Cultures and societies
  • ATS2606/ATS3606 The island world of Southeast Asia
  • ATS2612/ATS3612 The Renaissance in Florence
  • ATS2614 Slavery and freedom: From the American to the French Revolution
  • ATS2617 The American civil war
  • ATS2633 Global cities: Past, present and future
  • ATS2909 Villains and rogues: A history of ideas about gangsters Europe
  • ATS2931 Making digital history
  • ATS2957/ATS3957 Dante's medieval world: Politics, religion and the city
  • ATS3078 From the fall of Rome to the millennium: The world of the early middle ages
  • ATS3079 The fall and rise of modern China: From opium war to opening up
  • ATS3124 Everyday life in the Soviet Union
  • ATS3284 Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust
  • ATS3311 Text and community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • ATS3573 The Renaissance Codes: Art, magic and belief
  • ATS3582 Arab-Israeli conflict
  • ATS3583 History and film: Nazi Germany and the Jewish Holocaust
  • ATS3589 Tudor and Stuart England: Crisis, conquest and creativity, 1485-1660
  • ATS3593 History of sexuality 1800 - to the present
  • ATS3595 The rise and fall of Nazi Germany
  • ATS3616 Race and rights in twentieth century America
  • ATS3623 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 super power

List B

  • ATS2349 The golden age of Athens
  • ATS2351 The archaeology of death in ancient Egypt: The early dynastic period to middle kingdom
  • ATS2352 Egypt's golden age
  • ATS2354/ATS3354 Interrogating racism: Indigenous Australians and the state
  • ATS2382 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II
  • ATS2386/ATS3386 Paradise lost? Sustainability and Australia
  • ATS2394/ATS3394 Australia and Asia
  • ATS2395 Australia in a globalising world
  • ATS2521 Conflict and culture in Europe
  • ATS2586 Islam: Principles, civilisations, influences
  • ATS2607/ATS3607 Nationalism and revolution in Southeast Asia
  • ATS2610 Ancient religions
  • ATS2898/ATS3898 The Italian city: Historical and literary perspectives
  • ATS2907 Islamic responses to the post-colonial age
  • ATS3208 In the footsteps of refugees
  • ATS3314 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda
  • ATS3346 Imperial Rome: A study in power and perversion in the early empire
  • ATS3350 From Alexander to Kleopatra: The Hellenistic world and the rise of Rome
  • ATS3580 The modern Middle East
  • ATS3608 Myth and meaning in ancient worlds
  • ATS3611 Imagining God: The mystic quest in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • ATS3636 Sacred and profane: Religion, the secular and the state

Requirements for progressing to honours

24 points of relevant level 3 units, which should include either ATS3933 (The meaning of things: Writing cultural history) or ATS3092 (Reading and researching 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 degrees:*

  • A2000 Bachelor of Arts
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

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:*

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology 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.