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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Professor Alistair Thomson


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


Written work/reviews: 90% (8000 words)
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

24 hours over the semester


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


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