2020 Undergraduate Courses

History Major | 2020  

Engage, explore and appreciate diverse pasts when you study History at UOW, and learn from the past to inform your future. History enriches your understanding of the world by offering knowledge and skills to comprehend the broad scope of human experiences - from our everyday lives, to global processes. You will learn to research information, critically evaluate debates, and express your arguments and beliefs clearly and effectively. 

UOW's History degree focuses on themes that link Australian and international history, ancient and modern. You will discover what it is to be a Historian, through subjects that help you develop a sophisticated and critical appreciation of contemporary approaches to historical theories, methods, interpretation, arguments, and uses of evidence. 

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the UOW Course Finder.

Major Learning Outcomes

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

CLO Description
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

Subjects Required For Major Study

Students studying the History major will complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1 Core - A minimum of ONE of the following:
HIST110 The Medieval World and Beyond6
HIST111 Age of Revolutions6
Year 2 Core
HIST257 The World After 1945 6
HIST281 Hands-On History 6
Year 3 Core
HIST389 Making History (Capstone) 6

Elective List:

Plus a minimum of FOUR of the following. At least THREE must be at 300 level.

AUST101 Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities 6
AUST102 Locating Australia: International Perspectives 6
HIST112 Lost Worlds: The 'Big History' of Ancient History 6
HIST200 Oceans of History: Exploring the Pacific 6
HIST204 Illicit Trades: Trafficking and Slavery in Global History 6
HIST258 Australians and War 6
HIST259 Ancient History: Greece 6
HIST262 Ancient History: Rome 6
HIST283 Film and History 6
HIST292 Power and Protest 6
HIST293 China since 1949 6
HIST294 Catastrophe: A Social and Environmental History 6
HIST305 Europe in World History 6
HIST351 Australian History: Moments that Matter 6
HIST358 War and Society 6
HIST359 Empires Colliding: Britain and USA 6
HIST362 Controversies in Modern Asia 6
HIST371 Twentieth Century Dictatorships 6
HIST386 Ancient Texts 6
HIST387 Sex in the Modern World6
HIST390 Empires of the East: China, Russia and the West 6

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject.To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Minor Study

Students completing the History Major may be interested in the following 24 credit point minors: 

Note that only one subject may be cross counted across your degree. If you are interested in any of the above minors, you should plan your study to ensure you are choose different subject options to your major core above.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Other Information

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020