Graduate Diploma in Arts (History)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the graduate diploma should: * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values; * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts; * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force; * Communicate effectively; * Commit to continuous learning; * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Diploma in Arts (History)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * 100 points elective subjects with no more than 12.5 points at first-year level

    First year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-101  War, State and Society     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-113  Revolutions Through History     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-118  Making the Global World: 1750-2001     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-121  Making the Modern World: 1300-1750     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    102-110  Contesting Australia
    This subject examines rival ideas about Australia. It explores some of the ways in which Australian history, politics, culture and society have been sites of contestation. It looks at issues such as Aboriginality, migration, sexuality, war and confli...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-122  The World That Made Us: 1945 to Today
    An overview of the history of the world the last two generations have grown up in. The emphasis is on the world - this is not a history of Australia, but of the world beyond our shores. There are two great themes in this the period. The first is the ...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-119  Age of Revolutions: America and France
    In the second half of the 18th century, much of the Western world experienced unprecedented change. The 'Age of Revolutions' was a key turning-point in world history. The most spectacular examples of this upheaval occurred in the 13 British...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-120  Making Sense of America: U.S. Since 1945
    Understanding the United States today requires an understanding of the country’s historical trajectory. By examining U.S. politics, culture, society and foreign policy since the end of World War II, we aim to understand how things came to...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-166  Medieval Plague, War and Heresy
    The period from 1300-1450 has been described as a ‘calamitous’ one in European history: it saw the deaths of 25 million people from plague; the ravages of the 100 Years War between France and England; Schism in the Church; the...     Semester 2     12.50

    Second/third year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-018  Searching for the American Dream
    In this subject we trace the American Dream from its origins in Puritan Boston, to the present day. We spend time in Boston, New York, and Washington, with day trips to Salem and Lowell. In each city we visit museums, historic sites, and a range of c...     Semester 2     25

    131-033  A History of Sexualities     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-039  The Rise of Modern Japan 1850s-1990s
    Japan´s rapid and remarkable transformation from a semi-feudal, isolated island nation to that of a centralized nation state, empire, and eventual global power has had a profound impact on its people, its Asian and Pacific ne...     Summer     12.50

    131-041  The Renaissance in Italy     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-042  The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
    This lecture series celebrates the turbulent and exciting history of the Roman Republic, from its humble beginnings around 500 BCE to the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March 44 BCE. The first part discusses Early Rome; the social, pol...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-043  Imperial Rome: Augustus to Theodosius I     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-044  Renaissance Nuremberg & Central Europe     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     25

    131-048  Hitler's Germany    
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-050  The Russian Revolution 1890-1924     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-051  Aboriginal & Pacific Islander Histories     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-052  The Holocaust & Genocide
    In this study of the Holocaust, students will come to understand some of the critical issues arising from the destruction of European Jews, and other victims of Nazi policies. Through historical background and guest lectures by survivors, the course ...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-062  Making China Modern     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-075  The Graeco-Roman City in Antiquity
    This intensive subject examines ancient Greek and Roman societies and cities in Greece, Turkey* and Italy. We will be based in: Athens, with day trips to Delphi and the Sounion peninsular; Hellenistic sites on the west coast of Turkey; and Rome, with...     Summer     25

    131-085  Witches and Witch Hunting in Europe
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-201  Power, Identity and Jewish History     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-204  Ireland Down Under     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-206  The French Revolution     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-211  The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
    The Arab-Israeli conflict remains one of the most complex dilemmas facing the new century. This course will trace the history of this conflict, from the beginning of Jewish nationalism to the present. Issues to be studied include Jewish migration to ...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-219  Modern & Contemporary Ireland Since 1790
    In the two centuries since 1790 Ireland has experienced at least four rebellions and three wars and/or civil wars. Yet, with a population during the 20th century not much bigger than MelbourneÂ’s today, it managed to win three...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-228  Inventing Asian Traditions
    This is the core subject for the interdisciplinary program in Asian studies offering a comparative view of Asian societies and an example of how knowledge about these societies is developed and transmitted. The subject will look at some of the follow...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-233  Civil War and Revolution in Britain     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-236  The USA & the World:Democracy and Empire     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-237  The Crusades     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-240  Controversies in Australian History
    This subject examines controversial episodes in the Australian past that commanded public attention, gave rise to heated argument and exposed national divisions. Controversies such as the Myall Creek Massacre, the Eureka rising, the campaign for fema...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-253  China and the World, 1368-2001     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-272  Venice and Cultures of Consumption     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-051  Aboriginal & Pacific Islander Histories     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-276  Medieval and Renaissance Europe
    Knights and ladies, castles and crusades, merchants, great artists, the discovery of man and of the world: such images of medieval and Renaissance Europe remain potent and enduring even in our post modern world. This subject will introduce students t...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-281  U.S. History to 1941: Claiming Freedom
    In its first 165 years the US grew from a disparate collection of east-coast colonies to a major world power. The subject examines American society through these years, exploring the intertwined themes of slavery, freedom and growth. The first part f...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-301  Remaking Australia: Change Since 1900
    At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Commonwealth of Australia gained a reputation for its then distinctive political and social arrangements: wage arbitration, industry protection, a mass Labor party, the enfranchisement of women, a &#...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-277  Total War in Europe: World War One
    In 1914 Europe plunged into a war that soon assumed a destructive scale unprecedented in world history. This subject will focus on the causes of armed conflict, the nature of total war, and the consequences (social, economic, cultural and political) ...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-279  Total War in Europe: World War Two
    The war launched by Hitler in September 1939 became the second total war of the twentieth century. This subject will explore the causes of armed conflict, the nature of total war, and some of the consequences (social, economic, cultural and political...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-274  Famine in World History
    An examination of the changing nature of the food problem as societies develop and of the causes of famine, the nature of famine and of policies applied by the state to alleviate famine, and how all of these have changed over time. The subject consid...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-300  Colonising Australia
    At a time when Australian history is as contested as ever, this subject looks back at some of the key historical moments and themes that shaped late eighteenth and nineteenth century Australia. From debates over its ‘discovery&#x02019...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-046  Great Empires of Islamic Civilisation
    This subject examines the growth of Islamic civilisation in the period between the revelation of the Quran and the end of Muslim rule in Spain in 1492. The study focuses on the Arabic and Turkish-speaking areas of western Asia, North Africa and the I...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-076  Asia, the Pacific & the West in History
    From Burma to Japan, Manchuria to Thailand, the Cook Islands to Cambodia and Tibet, this subject will explore histories of Asia, the Pacific and the West's involvement in these areas from the 16th century to the present, with an emphasis on 20th...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-217  Modern Southeast Asia
    From the growing influence of Islam in Indonesia to tourist industries in Vietnam and Cambodia, built on war time experiences this subject explores the history and lasting legacies of political, social and cultural change in modern Southeast Asia. Us...     Semester 1     12.50

    102-003  Australia and America
    This subject examines, in a comparative context, historical and cultural developments in the United States and Australia from the mid-19th century until the present day. In tracing the similarities and differences in the experiences of these two nati...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    102-005  Exploring Central Australia
    Exploring Central Australia is an interdisciplinary subject designed to guide students towards a 'shaping' experience of Central Australia. It is a subject designed to prompt academic inquiry in the context of a first-hand encounter - an in...     Semester 2     12.50

    102-206  Witness: War and the Australian Media
    This subject examines Australia's involvement in war and the journalists and photographers who reported on these international conflicts. Since Howard Willoughby covered the Maori Wars in 1863, our war correspondents have been considered importa...     Semester 1     12.50

    102-210  From Mateship to Mardi Gras
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    102-211  Migrant Nation: Culture and Identity
    This subject allows students to engage critically with Australia as a migrant nation, identifying its complex nature through a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Topics covered include the history and politics of Australian immigration, multicultu...     Semester 1     12.50

    102-213  Face, Place, Race: Images of Australia
    This subject examines the role of visual images and exhibiting practices in the historical and contemporary development of Australian culture and identity. Themes of 'places', real and imagined: the city, the suburbs, the bush, the beach an...     Semester 2     12.50

    102-214  Australia Now
    This subject introduces students to key social, political and environmental issues which are shaping contemporary Australia. It is ideal for international students, for students whose main area of study lies outside the humanities, and for students w...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

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