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Faculty Certificate in History

Course code: 2056 ~ Course abbreviation: FacCertHist ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course provides suitably qualified people with an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in history and offers those who wish to proceed into postgraduate diplomas with an introduction to recent debates and changes in the discipline of history. In particular, the program introduces questions concerning the nature and status of historical knowledge and the role of history, and provides a more general base in conceptual and theoretical knowledge into which people can successfully integrate their specific interests in various fields of history.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with 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. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Students complete 24 points consisting of one historiography unit and one elective chosen from the list below. Not all units are available each year. Unless otherwise indicated in the unit outline, all units are taught at Clayton.

Course requirements

Historiography units

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


  • EUM4020 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • HYM4095 History and heritage (online and face-to-face at Caulfield)
  • 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 (online and face-to-face at Caulfield)
  • HYM4570 Theories of violence: genocide, war and terror
  • HYM4590 Imagining Europe: representations and images of a continent
  • HYM4620 Family history and genealogy (online and face-to-face at Caulfield)
  • 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 (online and face-to-face at Caulfield)
  • 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
  • RLM4040 Islamic thought in the modern world


Students successfully completing a faculty certificate with average grades of credit or above are normally eligible to apply for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in History and may receive 50 per cent credit for that course.

Course coordinator

Dr Michael Hau