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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 titleFacCertHist
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Liisa Williams Email: Telephone: +61 3 990 52199

Course coordinator

Dr Christina Twomey


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


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.


Students completing this course will have:

  • a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • a familiarity with the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with 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
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of one historiography unit and one elective chosen from the lists below. 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


  • 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
  • HYM4660 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • 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

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the faculty certificate with a credit or above average, may apply to transfer to course 0876 Postgraduate Diploma in History.


Faculty Certificate in History