History gives meaning to the past and at the same time helps us to understand the present. You can learn about riots and revolutions, Kings and Queens, governments and generals or your own family. You can study the history of far away places or your own neighbourhood - the choice is yours.
We offer units in Australian History, Local Family and Applied History, European History, American History, Medieval and Early Modern History and Asian History. We offer three separate undergraduate majors: Australian History, International History and History. You can choose either to specialise in one field or to study across a number of fields. Further study at Honours and post-graduate level is also available.
By developing skills in critical thinking, analysis, interpreting and evaluating evidence, making and communicating judgements, you will be well prepared for a career in the media, education, business, the arts or government. That's your choice too.
Why not open a door to the past? Surprise yourself!
The School is a major sponsor of the Australian Policy & History which facilitates links between historians, policy-makers, the media and the Australian public. Hear Associate Professor Melanie Oppenheimer discuss this initiative on the ABC's 'Future Tense' program.
Why Study History at UNE?
Napoleon once said that 'History paints the human heart'. He was right! History provides the key to understanding ourselves and others. Knowledge of the past helps us interpret human behaviour and society, allowing us to account for the origins and nature of our modern world, while preparing us to better understand how we might evolve in the future. History is also fun. It is one of the oldest, most essential and most rewarding components of a liberal education, providing fertile ground for contemplation and imagination
Studying history will empower you as an independent thinker. The skills of a historian include the capacity to critically assess various kinds of evidence, to navigate and evaluate varied, often conflicting interpretations, to engage in debates and construct coherent arguments, while appreciating the complexities of human behaviours and organizations. These important abilities and qualities are the fundamental pillars of local, national, and global citizenship. Moreover, they are increasingly attractive to a wide range of potential employers, and so help prepare us for variety of work and professional situations. By teaching us 'who we are, and why we are the way we are', History, as David C. McCulloch noted, 'is a guide to navigation in perilous times'.
Advanced Diploma in Arts
Advanced Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching
Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice
HINQ100 What is History
HINQ101 The Historian
HINQ200 History: Uses and Abuses
HINQ201 Researching and Applying History
HIST111 Medieval Europe
HIST150 Colonial Australia
HIST151 Modern Australia
HIST165 Europe and the New World
HIST195 Asian Pasts
HIST304 The Age of the Vikings
HIST305 Byzantine History AD 330-1056
HIST308 The Crusades
HIST318 Victims of Whiggery: The Tolpuddle Martyrs England
HIST324 Ashes to Ashes: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1945
HIST328 Modern Europe in War and Peace, 1914-2012
HIST329 Australia and the World: An International History
HIST330 Local and Community Histories
HIST331 War and Australian Society in the 20th Century
HIST332 History as Film
HIST333 Waking the Dead: Death, Burials and Memorials
HIST335 Heritage Conservation
HIST337 History and Museums
HIST338 Australian Frontiers: Rural and Regional Histories
HIST339 The Family in History
HIST342 Gandhi and Non-Violent Action in the 20th Century
HIST343 Islam in the Modern World
HIST351 Convict Australia
HIST354 Aboriginal History Since the Late 18th Century
HIST357 War, Nations and Empires: Modern Europe 1789-1918
HIST361 The Cold War and Popular Culture
HIST363 The First world War, 1914-1918: History and Memory
HIST368 The Swinging Sixties: the 1960s in America, Britain and Australia
HIST376 Oral History
HIST393 The History of the English Language
HIST394 Australian Folklore and Folk Speech
HIST401H History Hons Coursework
HIST402H History Hons Dissertation
HIST505 Byzantine History AD 330-1056
HIST508 The Crusades
HIST510 Massacre and Genocide: Histories of Atocity
HIST511 Crime, Incarceration, Servitude: Historical Views
HIST512 Cities of the Ancient and Modern World
HIST513 Empires: Conquest and Conflict
HIST514 Investigating Histories in the Classroom
HIST515 History for the Classroom
HIST516 Terrorism, Rebellion and Extreme Political Protest
HIST529 Australia and the World: An International History
HIST538 Australian Frontiers: Rural and Regional Histories
HIST554 Imagining Australia: Empire, Nation, Sovereignty
HIST556 Public History
HIST561 The Cold War and Popular Culture
HIST593 The History of the English Language
HIST594 Australian Folklore and Folk Speech
HIST595 Understanding History
History graduates can be considered employable in almost any field which values critical thinking, analytical ability and intellectual curiosity, sound written and oral and communication skills, and a demonstrable ability to assess the reliability of information and to solve complex problems logically and creatively. Such skills are applicable to great variety of administrative and managerial positions. The options open to history graduates include, but are by no means limited to, careers in Teaching, Tourism, Public Service (especially policy advisor and policy analyst), Publishing, Marketing and Advertising, Heritage Management, Public Relations, Journalism and Professional Writing.
Partnerships, Networks and Industry Links
The Discipline boasts a long and distinguished research profile in the field of History, spanning more than fifty years, with a particularly strong reputation in Australian Colonial History and Asian studies. Our resources include the Museum of Antiquities, the University and Regional Archives (Heritage Centre), the New England Historical Resources Centre and the Museum of Education.
UNE Historians have been responsible for some landmark works, including Russel Ward's The Australian Legend (1958), Miriam Dixson's The Real Matilda (1976), and Alan Atkinson's The Europeans in Australia (Vol. 1, 1997, and Vol 2, 2005).
Between 1984 and 2002 the School had managerial responsibility for the South Asian Studies Association of Australia and its prestigious journal, South Asia. The School now publishes the Journal of Australian Colonial History.
The School is the home of UNE's Heritage Futures Research Centre which conducts cross-disciplinary research into the fields of natural and cultural heritage and local/regional identity.
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