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Monash University

Postgraduate Diploma in History

Course code: 0876 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipHist ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course seeks to develop skills in historical analysis and writing and to acquaint students with key recent debates in specific fields of history, especially those concerning the nature of history. It will enable students to study techniques of historical examination of sources and to broaden knowledge of a number of fields of history. This diploma may be of particular value to teachers of history, but it is available to any qualified person interested in pursuing study in history at postgraduate level. The program will consist of a specially constructed course of study relevant to the previous experience and future requirements of individual candidates, each of whom will be consulted as to its design.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete four 12-point units (a total of 48 points) chosen from the lists below; at least one must be a historiography unit. Not all units are available each year.

Historiography units

  • HYM4120 Reading and writing Australian history
  • HYM4200 History and memory: Oral history, life stories and commemoration
  • HYM4560 The past around us
  • HYM4900 History, biography and autobiography
  • HYM4950 Hidden transcripts: cultural approaches to the past
  • HYM4960 The body, gender and history

Other units

  • EUM4020 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • HYM4095 History and heritage
  • HYM4115 Private and public voices in Renaissance correspondence
  • HYM4140 The Raj imagined: Stories and films of British India in their historical context
  • HYM4175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM4180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • HYM4185 Colonial encounters: Ideas of race and 'otherness' in the British world, 1650-1900
  • HYM4260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • HYM4270 Research methods in biography and life writing
  • HYM4280 Reading and writing biography and life stories
  • HYM4290 Holocaust memories: Landscape, mourning, identity
  • HYM4320 Citizens: Histories of Australian citizenship
  • HYM4330 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • HYM4340 The highland clearances: Displacement, migration and memory in Scotland
  • HYM4370 Fantasies of the flesh: The body in history
  • HYM4430 Perfecting America: Rhetoric, reform and reaction
  • HYM4440 Genocidal thought
  • HYM4470 Genocide and colonialism
  • HYM4490 Fascism, Nazism, and racial and social utopias
  • HYM4510 History and the museum
  • HYM4570 Theories of violence: Genocide, war and terror
  • HYM4590 Imagining Europe: Representations and images of a continent
  • HYM4620 Family history and genealogy
  • HYM4660 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • HYM4690 Rome, the papacy and the world
  • HYM4740 The French Revolution: Issues and debates
  • HYM4820 Local and community history
  • HYM4840 Text and community in Renaissance Italy
  • ITM4010 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • JWM4020 Between homeland and holy land: Israel in Jewish thought
  • JWM4030 Jewish history and Jewish memory: Writing and reading the Jewish past
  • RLM4060 Medieval women and their world: constructing identities 1100-1450
  • RLM4070 Buddhism: Society, politics and ethics
  • RLM4100 Religion and ceremony in Australian society
  • RLM4110 Ecology, gender and the sacred
  • RLM4140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis
  • RLM4xxx Islamic thought in the modern world

One of the 12-point units may be taken in another appropriate discipline, with the approval of the coordinator.

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


For further study options please contact the School of Historical Studies or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Michael Hau