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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePGradDipHist
CRICOS code030883M
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Liisa Williams Email: Telephone: +61 3 990 52199

Course coordinator

Dr Christina Twomey


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.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of four 12-point units 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
  • HYM4660 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • HYM4900 History, biography and autobiography
  • HYM4950 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past

Other units

  • HYM4095 History and heritage
  • HYM4165 Final journey: The life and death of European Jews, 1900-1945
  • HYM4175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM4180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • HYM4195 Israelis and Palestinians between war and peace
  • HYM4260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • HYM4270 Research methods in biography and life writing
  • HYM4440 Genocidal thought
  • HYM4490 Fascism, Nazism, and racial and social utopias
  • HYM4590 Imagining Europe: Representations and images of a continent
  • HYM4840 Text and community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • ITM4010 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • JWM4020 Zionism: The argument
  • JWM4040 Jewish literature of subversion
  • RLM4040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • RLM4110 Sustainability and the sacred
  • RLM4140 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis

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

Progression to further studies

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

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a faculty certificate.


Postgraduate Diploma in History