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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 titleMHist
CRICOS code003781G
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 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.


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
  • 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.


This course consists of four 12-point units chosen from the list below, at least one of which must be a historiography unit. Not all units are available each year.


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

Other units

  • HYM5070 Research project in history
  • HYM5095 History and heritage
  • HYM5175 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • HYM5180 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • HYM5260 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • HYM5270 Research methods in biography and life writing
  • HYM5440 Genocidal thought
  • HYM5490 Fascism, Nazism, and racial and social utopias
  • HYM5590 Imagining Europe: Representations and images of a continent
  • HYM5840 Text and community in Renaissance Italy
  • ITM5010 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • JWM5020 Zionism: The argument
  • JWM5040 Jewish literature of subversion
  • RLM5040 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • RLM5110 Sustainability 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.


Master of History