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Monash University

Master of History

Course code: 3092 ~ Course abbreviation: MHist ~ 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 a high degree of conceptual and analytical ability in the study of history and to acquaint students with debates in specific fields of historical scholarship, especially those concerning the nature of history and historical knowledge.

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. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Students are required to complete four 12-point units (a total of 48 points) chosen from the list below; at least one of which must be a historiography unit. Not all units are available each year. Unless otherwise indicated in the unit outline, all units are taught at Clayton.

Course requirements

Historiography units

  • HYM5120 Reading and writing Australian history
  • HYM5200 History and memory: Oral history, life stories and commemoration
  • HYM5660 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • HYM5900 History, biography and autobiography
  • HYM5950 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past
  • HYM5960 The body, gender and history

Other units

  • EUM5020 Religion and secularism in the quest for European integration
  • HYM5070 Research project in history
  • HYM5095 History and heritage
  • HYM5115 Private and public voices in Renaissance correspondence
  • HYM5140 The Raj imagined: Stories and films of British India in their historical context
  • HYM5175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM5180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • HYM5185 Colonial encounters: Ideas of race and 'otherness' in the British World, 1650-1900
  • HYM5260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • HYM5270 Research methods in biography and life writing
  • HYM5280 Reading and writing biography and life stories
  • HYM5290 Holocaust memories: Landscape, mourning, identity
  • HYM5320 Citizens: Histories of Australian citizenship
  • HYM5330 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • HYM5340 The highland clearances: Displacement, migration and memory in Scotland
  • HYM5370 Fantasies of the flesh: The body in history
  • HYM5430 Perfecting America: Rhetoric, reform and reaction
  • HYM5440 Genocidal thought
  • HYM5470 Genocide and colonialism
  • HYM5490 Fascism, Nazism, and racial and social utopias
  • HYM5570 Theories of violence: Genocide, war and terror
  • HYM5590 Imagining Europe: Representations and images of a continent
  • HYM5620 Family history and genealogy
  • HYM5740 The French Revolution: Issues and debates
  • HYM5820 Local and community history
  • HYM5840 Text and community in Renaissance Italy
  • ITM5010 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • JWM5020 Between homeland and holy land: Israel in Jewish thought
  • JWM5030 Jewish history and Jewish memory: Writing and reading the Jewish past
  • RLM5040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • RLM5060 Medieval women and their world: Constructing identities 1100-1450
  • RLM5070 Buddhism: Society, politics and ethics
  • RLM5100 Religion and ceremony in Australian society
  • RLM5110 Ecology, gender and the sacred
  • RLM5140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis

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

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.

Course coordinator

Dr Michael Hau