2017 Undergraduate Courses
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History | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

The History major at UOW offers students the opportunity to examine a wide range of periods, places and people. The History major is one of the most popular in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry. Our teaching and research consistently attracts very high ratings. Our subjects offer students exceptional opportunities to examine both Australian and international history. Our themes may be traced in a variety of settings: in broad histories of specific Australian, Asian and European societies; in more specific historical examinations of empires, the political and social impacts of wars, and histories of sex, race, gender and the environment.

In your first year you will study a broad range of historical periods that use a variety of historical approaches. In your second and third years you will be able to specialise and study topics in greater depth. Throughout your major you will be refining and extending your use of historical evidence ranging from traditional archives to social and digital media.

Studying History is also about learning what it is to be a historian, with each subject contributing to developing a sophisticated and critical appreciation of contemporary approaches to historical theories, methods, interpretation, argument, and the use of evidence and the composing of historical narratives in a variety of media.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate historical processes using examples from a variety of periods and places;
  2. Appraise present-day global affairs from an historical perspective;
  3. Utilise different types of evidence to demonstrate an understanding of historical change;
  4. Critically review how Historians produce different interpretations of the past. 

The History major provides a coherent course of study,allowing students to develop specific skills. Each subject in the major is intended to provide an understanding of a topic, area or theme, which can be developed in subsequent years of study.

100 level subjects require no special knowledge. They provide students with a broad survey of a wide range of times, places and themes.

Students will also learn many valuable basic skills to help them build a strong foundation for their major. In these subjects students will learn how to:

  • Identify the causes and effects of historical change;
  • Summarise the main points of a historical work;
  • Identify the thesis or central argument of a historical work;
  • Describe the historical context of a work;
  • Identify different types of historical evidence;
  • See how historians produce different accounts of the same event; and
  • Consult primary source material to produce and defend arguments.

200-level subjects will refine and extend both skills and historical knowledge. They offer study in greater depth than the survey courses, and will take a closer look at events and places and introduce students to a range of primary sources.

300-level subjects take a detailed approach to major historical problems.  They guide students toward a sophisticated understanding of historical theories, narratives and original sources. These may include film, radio, television, archival manuscript, oral interviews, literature, newspapers, parliamentary records, photographs, diaries and/or company documents.

Subjects Required For Major Study

The History major will consist of at least 48 credit points as outlined below:

Note: students who would like to continue on to Honours studies must complete HIST356.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
ONE from the following:
HIST110 The Early Modern World 6 Autumn
HIST111 The Modern World 6 Spring
HIST257 The World After 1945 6 Autumn
HIST281 Hands-On History 6 Spring
Plus ONE from the following
HIST358 War and Society 6 Not available in 2017
HIST389 History Capstone 6 Not available in 2017
Plus THREE from the following. TWO must be at 300 level
HIST200 Oceans of History: Exploration and Encounters 6 Spring
HIST204 Illicit Trades: Trafficking and Slavery in Global History 6 Not available in 2017
HIST258 Australians and the Great War 6 Not available in 2017
HIST283 Film and History 6 Autumn
HIST289 Empires of the East: China, Russia and the Challenge to the West 6 Not available in 2017
HIST292 Power and Protest in Australia 6 Not available in 2017
HIST293 China since 1949 6 Autumn
HIST305 Europe in World History 6 Not available in 2017
HIST351 Debates in Australian Cultural History 6 Not available in 2017
HIST359 Empires Colliding: Britain and USA 6 Not available in 2017
HIST371 Twentieth Century Dictatorships 6 Not available in 2017
HIST362 Issues and Controversies in Modern Asian History 6 Not available in 2017
Students may also count ONE from the following towards the major:
AUST101 Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities 6 Autumn
AUST102 Locating Australia 6 Spring
HIST112 Lost Worlds: The 'Big History' of Ancient History 6 Autumn
HIST259 Ancient History: Greece 6 Not available in 2017
HIST262 Ancient History: Rome 6 Spring
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
INDS207 Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies 6 Autumn
FREN230 The Making of France and the French Nation 6 Autumn
STS 112 The Scientific Revolution 6 Spring
HIST386 Ancient Texts 6 Autumn


Subjects required for Minor Study

There are three 24 credit point
minors available in History


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au




Last reviewed: 19 December, 2017