Studying History

Please note: the information below applies only to students who commenced prior to 2014.
Information for students commencing in 2014 can be found in the 2014 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences handbook.

How many History units do you need to take?
To do senior units in History 12 junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies which is
2 1000 level units of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies
To major in History 36 senior credit points of History

(Up to 18 senior credit points may be cross-listed units from other subject areas)

 

which is 6 units of study

(up to 3 units of study may be cross-listed units)
To enter History Honours 48 senior credit points of History, including HSTY2691, and an average grade of credit or above in those units of study.

Up to 18 credit points may be cross-listed units from other subject areas
which is 8 senior units of study, including HSTY2691

(up to 3 units of study may be cross-listed units)
To do as much History as allowed
60 senior credit points
which is 10 units of study

Choosing your senior units of study

The History major currently offers students flexibility to structure their plan of study in accordance with their own intellectual interests. However, as unguided choice can be confusing, we offer on this page an explanation of the structure underpinning our senior curriculum, with our units of study presented in a way that will help you build a coherent study plan.

The senior History curriculum is taught in two ways:

1. A regional focus, whereby units of study are defined geographically. Specifically, almost all our senior units can be identified as primarily concerned with one of the following:

2. A thematic focus, whereby units of study are defined by theme. Specifically, the majority of our senior units of study can be identified as significantly concerned with one or more of the following:

What do we recommend?

We recommend that you identify one or two concentrations you would like to build. By “concentration,” we mean a group of three or more units of study that share either a common regional focus or a common theme.

For example, a History major constructed by an imaginary student might look like this:

Regional concentration: Australia  Thematic concentration: Cultural History
  HSTY2677: Australia: Politics and Nation  HSTY2627: Living Memory: Popular Uses of the Past
 HSTY2614: Australian Social History  HSTY2625: Culture and Society in Modern Britain
 HSTY2604: Popular Culture in Australia 1850–1945  HSTY2686: Food, Environment and Culture in Europe

This student wanted a rounded exploration of Australian history, incorporating political, social and cultural history. For the thematic concentration in cultural history, the student chose one unit of study (HSTY2627) that has predominantly Australian content, thereby enhancing the regionally-defined concentration. However, the student also wanted both to broaden the major geographically and to learn about approaches to cultural history that have proved fruitful in studying other parts of the world. The student therefore took two units of study on European cultural history.

Choosing the concentration of your History major is a matter for you. We encourage you to make a thoughtful choice, guided by such considerations as your intellectual interests, your thoughts about a possible Honours year, your career plans, and how best to complement your other studies.

Units of Study by Concentration

Not all units are offered each year – check the Units of Study page to see what is on offer this year

Regional

American History
  • HSTY2609 African-American History and Culture
  • HSTY2611 America in World Affairs
  • HSTY2634 Columbus to Lincoln: American History before 1865
  • HSTY2656 A House Divided: The American Civil War
  • HSTY2663 American Indian Holocaust?
  • HSTY2666 American Revolutions
  • HSTY2667 Politics and Culture of US Imperialism
  • HSTY2670 New York, New York
  • HSTY2671 Law and Order in Modern America
  • AMST2601 American Foundations

 

Australian History
  • HSTY2604 Popular Culture in Australia 1850-1945
  • HSTY2614 Australian Social History
  • HSTY2615 Australia: Environment, Place and History
  • HSTY2619 Living in Colonial Australia
  • HSTY2627 Living Memory: Popular Uses of the Past
  • HSTY2676 Australia and the World
  • HSTY2677 Australia: Politics and Nation
  • HSTY2678 Race Around the World
  • HSTY2687 Alliance: Australia-USA Relations
  • HSTY2690 Australia's Underworld: Stories & Method
  • KOCR2611 Issues in Indigenous History
Chinese History
  • HSTY2606 China and its World in the 19th Century
  • HSTY2621 China's Economy: From Mao to Market
  • HSTY2622 The Opium Wars in China (1839-1860)
  • HSTY2638 China's Wars 1927-present
  • HSTY2639 Hong Kong: Spinning Gold Out of a Rock
  • HSTY2640 Twentieth- Century China
  • HSTY2673 Lived Experience in Modern China
  • HSTY2675 China’s Premodern History: The Issues
  • HSTY2683 Violence in Chinese History
  • HSTY2685 Sexuality & Power in East Asian History

Medieval & Early Modern European History

  • HSTY2601 Religion & Society: Conversion & Culture
  • HSTY2645 Invisible Cities: Imagining Urban Italy
  • HSTY2647 Renaissance Italy
  • HSTY2650 European Conquests 1500-1750
  • HSTY2660 Violence in Italy
  • HSTY2664 Communicating Culture in the Middle Ages
  • HSTY2665 Festivals and Faith
  • HSTY2668 The Rise and Fall of the First Reich
  • ANHS2608 The World Turned Upside Down
  • HSTY2682 Portraits of Medieval Women
  • HSTY2686 Food, Environment and Culture in Europe

 

Modern European History

  • HSTY2304 Imperialism 1815-2000
  • HSTY2605 Contemporary Europe
  • HSTY2608 European Film and History
  • HSTY2625 Culture and Society in Modern Britain
  • HSTY2626 Fascism and Antifascism
  • HSTY2651 Spanish Civil War
  • HSTY2658 France in Modern Europe and Beyond
  • HSTY2659 Nationalism
  • HSTY2672 Britain and the World, c.1837-1914
  • HSTY2680 Living: Modern British Social History
  • HSTY2681 Colonialism in Modern Asia
  • HSTY2688 Enlightenment Journeys
  • HSTY2689 Civility and Squalor: 18c British Isles
  • JCTC2606 The Holocaust: History and Aftermath

 

 
Thematic

War and Society

  • HSTY2607 Approaches to the Arab Israeli Conflict
  • HSTY2622 The Opium Wars in China (1839-1860)
  • HSTY2638 China's Wars 1927-present
  • HSTY2640 Twentieth-Century China
  • HSTY2651 Spanish Civil War
  • HSTY2652 Genocide in Historical Perspective
  • HSTY2656 A House Divided: The American Civil War
  • HSTY2666 American Revolutions
  • HSTY2683 Violence in Chinese History
  • HSTY2687 Alliance: Australia-USA Relations
  • PACS2002 History and Politics of War and Peace

 

Gender, Identity & Social Life

  • HSTY2619 Living in Colonial Australia
  • HSTY2627 Living Memory: Popular Uses of the Past
  • HSTY2629 Sex and Scandal
  • HSTY2659 Nationalism
  • HSTY2664 Communicating Culture in the Middle Ages
  • HSTY2673 Lived Experience in Modern China
  • HSTY2682 Portraits of Medieval Women
  • HSTY2685 Sexuality & Power in East Asian History
  • HSTY2690 Australia's Underworld: Stories & Method
  • ANHS2608 The World Turned Upside Down

 

Politics

  • HSTY2611 America in World Affairs: A History
  • HSTY2626 Fascism and Antifacism
  • HSTY2640 Twentieth-Century China
  • HSTY2659 Nationalism
  • HSTY2658 France in Modern Europe and Beyond
  • HSTY2667 Politics and Culture of US Imperialism
  • HSTY2668 Rise and Fall of the First Reich
  • HSTY2677 Australia: Politics and Nation
  • HSTY2687 Alliance: Australia-USA Relations
  • HSTY2692 International and Diplomatic History
  • PACS2002 History and Politics of War and Peace
  • KOCR2611 Issues in Indigenous History

 

Race & Ethnicity

  • HSTY2304 Imperialism 1815-2000
  • HSTY2609 African-American History and Culture
  • HSTY2615 Australia: Environment, Place and History
  • HSTY2663 American Indian Holocaust?
  • HSTY2678 Race Around the World
  • HSTY2681 Colonialism in Modern Asia
  • HSTY2684 Darwinism, Nationalism and Eugenics
  • KOCR2611 Issues in Indigenous History

 

 Transnational / International / Imperial

  • HSTY2304 Imperialism 1815-2000
  • HSTY2611 America in World Affairs: A History
  • HSTY2629 Sex and Scandal
  • HSTY2652 Genocide in Historical Perspective
  • HSTY2667 Politics and Culture of US Imperialism
  • HSTY2672 Britain and the World, c.1837-1914
  • HSTY2674 Pilgrim to Backpacker: Travel Histories
  • HSTY2676 Australia and the World
  • HSTY2678 Race Around the World
  • HSTY2681 Colonialism in Modern Asia
  • HSTY2684 Darwinism, Nationalism and Eugenics
  • HSTY2688 Enlightenment Journeys
  • HSTY2692 International and Diplomatic History
  • PACS2002 History and Politics of War and Peace
  • KOCR2611 Issues in Indigenous History

 

Urban and Social History

  • HSTY2614 Australian Social History
  • HSTY2619 Living in Colonial Australia
  • HSTY2639 Hong Kong: Spinning Gold Out of a Rock
  • HSTY2645 Invisible Cities: Imagining Urban Italy
  • HSTY2647 Renaissance Italy
  • HSTY2660 Violence in Italy
  • HSTY2670 New York, New York
  • HSTY2671 Law and Order in Modern America
  • HSTY2673 Lived Experience in Modern Chinese History
  • HSTY2689 Civility and Squalor: 18c British Isles
  • HSTY2690 Australia's Underworld: Stories & Method

 

Cultural History

  • HSTY2601 Religion & Society: Conversion & Culture
  • HSTY2602 Tablet to iPad: A History of Information
  • HSTY2604 Popular Culture in Australia 1850-1945
  • HSTY2608 European Film and History
  • HSTY2609 African-American History and Culture
  • HSTY2625 Culture and Society in Modern Britain
  • HSTY2627 Living Memory: Popular Uses of the Past
  • HSTY2629 Sex and Scandal
  • HSTY2658 France in Modern Europe and Beyond

 

 

  • HSTY2660 Violence in Italy
  • HSTY2663 American Indian Holocaust?
  • HSTY2664 Communicating Culture in the Middle Ages
  • HSTY2665 Festivals and Faith
  • HSTY2668 Rise and Fall of the First Reich
  • HSTY2671 Law and Order in Modern America
  • HSTY2672 Britain and the World, c.1837-1914
  • HSTY2673 Lived Experience in Modern China

 

 

  • HSTY2674 Pilgrim to Backpacker: Travel Histories
  • HSTY2682 Portraits of Medieval Women
  • HSTY2683 Violence in Chinese History
  • HSTY2684 Darwinism, Nationalism and Eugenics
  • HSTY2685 Sexuality and Power in East Asian History
  • HSTY2686 Food, Environment and Culture in Europe
  • HSTY2689 Civility and Squalor: 18c British Isles
  • HSTY2688 Enlightenment Journeys
  • HSTY2690 Australia's Underworld: Stories & Method
  • AMST2601 American Foundations