Monash University Handbooks 2008

HYM4820 - Local and community history

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Professor Alistair Thomson


Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit focuses on local and community history, and investigates concepts of community, the relationship between people and place and the connection between past and present. Students will study methods of historical research including oral history, material culture, emerging technologies, and cultural events. Through the assignments that include reviewing existing local history material and undertaking a community history research project, students will acquire a range of skills to equip to them to become involved in local and community history writing.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. have been introduced to concepts of 'community' and community history-making

  1. have been introduced to the origins of local and community histories, and their uses and purposes.

  1. have developed skills in researching and writing local and community histories

  1. have developed strong writing skills, including the production of a community history

  1. have developed strong oral communication skills, and recognised the importance of consultation and engagement with community groups when undertaking local and community histories

  1. have developed skills in the use of computers and other new media.

  1. have developed reflective skills and understandings of the broader issues of the importance of community and belonging


Critical review 1500 words 15%, Proposal 2000 words 25%, Local history 4500 words 50%, Class participation 1000 words 10%

Contact hours



Undergraduate degree with a major in history, or permission from co-ordinator.


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