Study Local, Family & Applied History

Our family, our community, our locality, our region: we shape our sense of who we are partly by the people and places who surround us and with whom we live. Stories are part of us, and to understand them is to understand ourselves, and to imagine and explore the links between past, present and future.

Over the years, the content of the units has evolved as the subject area has encountered new issues, new debates and new methodologies. Local and family histories are placed in the context of wider Australian history and of historical developments throughout the western world.

Undergraduate and postgraduate study

We offer undergraduate units of study in Local, Family & Applied History in the Bachelor of Arts, as well as at postgraduate level. These units are only available online and can be studied in your own home, or abroad.

Undergraduate courses

Local, Family and Applied History can be studied in the following undergraduate courses:

Advanced Diploma In Local, Family and Applied History

Local, family and applied history units can also be studied in the following awards:
Advanced Diploma in Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Arts)
Bachelor of Historical Inquiry and Practice
Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Interested in honours? For Bachelor Honours see honours and postgraduate courses.

Honours and postgraduate courses

Further course options for studying Local, Family and Applied History

Study Local, Family and Applied History with honours or at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History

Local, family and applied history units can also be studied in the following awards:
Graduate Certificate in Arts
Master of Arts
Master of History

Postgraduate Research

Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy


ARPA104 Archaeology: Studying the Human Past

HIST150 Colonial Australia

HIST151 Modern Australia

HIST165 Europe and the New World

HIST195 Asian Pasts

HINQ100 What is History?

HINQ101 The Historian

HINQ200 History: Uses and Abuses

HINQ201 Researching and Applying 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

HIST351 Convict Australia

HIST354 Aboriginal History Since the Late 18th Century

HIST361 The Cold War and Popular Culture

HIST368 The Swinging Sixties: The 1960s in America, Britain and Australia

HIST376 Oral History

There are a number of units which complement Local, Family and Applied History, see the Course Rules & Plans tab of your enrolled course to see the recommended Program of Study for the Local, Family and Applied History Major.

Research Opportunities

Students at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level are encouraged to do research. We believe that research skills are critical for graduate employability.

Students interested in pursuing research into Local, Family and Applied History, can contact a supervisor. For those interested in undertaking fourth year Honours projects contact the Honours coordinator. For those interested in undertaking higher degree research projects (MPhil, PhD) please contact the program convenor.

Undergraduate Research Units

HUMS 301 Special Option A

HUMS 505 Reading Unit A

HUMS 507 Major Research Project

HUMS 508 Major Research Project

Our staff

To contact an academic or find a research supervisor, visit the staff page.

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Career options for Local, Family & Applied History graduates

Graduates of Local, Family & Applied History courses have skills in oral history, critical reading, good writing, analysing historical sources, interpreting and displaying objects, and understanding buildings, cemeteries and landscapes with broad application across a range of careers.

Partnerships and networks

Local, Family & Applied History staff partner and network with a range of national and international associations, enabling them to remain at the forefront of scholarship in their fields of teaching and research.

Further information

For more information about our courses and studying at UNE, please contact AskUNE.