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Undergraduate - Area of study

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 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.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton
CoordinatorDr Megan Cassidy-Welch

Notes

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

Description

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. But history is not just about what has come before us. It also provides new ways to make sense of the world today. We cannot understand the current shape of societies and states across the globe, or issues facing individuals and social groups, without considering the past. 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? History considers the origins of institutions and ideas that continue to shape our lives, and it explores how people have reacted to and sometimes reshaped the world around them. In so doing, it tells us where we came from, who we are and where we might be going in the future.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will:

  • have an ability to conduct and produce an independent research project in a written, visual or oral form and in keeping with the methodological conventions of the discipline of history
  • demonstrate the capacity to present a sustained argument which makes extensive use of primary sources
  • be a skillful team worker and have the ability to make sophisticated oral presentations
  • possess sophisticated problem-solving skills
  • be aware of current philosophical, historical and cultural debates about the nature of history as a discipline and a discourse
  • be acquainted with the various public uses and applications of history, including digital and online applications, and have the capacity to work with digital technologies in historical research
  • be acquainted with how historians can shape the present and the future
  • be able to think reflectively about different forms or genre of historical representation
  • be able to identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills they have developed in their study of history
  • be familiar with at least three historical fields, and have developed one area of historical specialism.

Units

Minor in history

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in history must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/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

(b.) additional elective units from List A only (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in history

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in history must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/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 studiesreligious studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/religious-studies/ug-arts-religious-studies.html), but not to both areas.

For the purposes of a minor or major in history, the following first-year level units may be counted as alternative gateway units:

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

Note: ATS1247, ATS1248 can be counted as first-year gateway units towards either history or ancient culturesancient cultures (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/ancient-cultures/ug-arts-ancient-cultures.html), but not to both. ATS1319, ATS1325 and ATS1326 can be counted as first-year gateway units towards either history or international studiesinternational studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/international-studies/ug-arts-international-studies.html), but not to both. ATS1322 and ATS1960 can be counted as gateway units towards history, jewish studiesjewish studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/jewish-studies/) or religious studiesreligious studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/religious-studies/ug-arts-religious-studies.html), but not to more than one of these areas of study.

(b.) at least one second-year cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/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.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/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) or ATS3092 (Reading and researching history)

(d.) additional elective units from List A and List B (24 points). No more than two units (12 points) can be taken from List B.

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives.

* This unit can be counted as a gateway unit towards history or religious studiesreligious studies (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/religious-studies/ug-arts-religious%20studies.html), but not to both areas.

Extended major in history

Students completing an extended major in history (60 points), must complete an additional capstone unit in history (or a cornerstone with permission) and a further third-year level elective unit.

Elective units

In choosing elective units, students can pursue a particular stream of study. The history program offers units in the following streams:

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

To plan a pathway through the history major on the basis of one of these streams, refer to the History program websiteHistory program website (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/history-studies/undergraduate/).

List A

  • ATS2057 Genocide
  • ATS2107 Colonial America: From puritans to revolutionaries
  • ATS2108 The modern family: A global history
  • ATS2521 Conflict and culture in Europe
  • 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 ATS3124 Bread lines behind the Iron Curtain: Everyday life in communist Eastern Europe
  • ATS3284 Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust*
  • ATS3573 The Renaissance codes: Art, magic and belief
  • ATS3582 Arab-Israeli conflict
  • ATS3583 The Holocaust in film
  • 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
  • ATS3908 American empire: The United States from colonies to superpower

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
  • ATS2385 ANZAC legends: Australians at war
  • ATS2386/ATS3386 Paradise lost? Sustainability and Australia
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War*
  • 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 leadership in the 20th century
  • ATS3314 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda**
  • ATS3341 Interpreting the sources of Islam: The Qur'an and Hadith
  • ATS3346 Imperial Rome: A study in power and perversion in the early empire
  • ATS3350 From Alexander to Cleopatra: 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

* Taught in Prato, Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

** Taught in South Africa. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • D3002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Honours)
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts