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Monash University Handbook 2011 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Melva Renshaw Ph: +61 3 9905 4279 Email:

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

  • APG4301 Reading and writing Australian history
  • APG4305 History and memory: Oral history, life stories and commemoration
  • APG4771 The past around us
  • APG4312 History, biography and autobiography
  • APG4313 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past


  • APG4299 History and heritage
  • APG4286 Final journey: The life and death of European Jews, 1900-1945
  • APG4302 Interpreting the Bible: Jewish and Christian perspectives
  • APG4303 Images of the natural world: Issues in environmental history
  • APG4287 Israelis and Palestinians between war and peace
  • APG4289 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • APG4625 Research methods in biography and life writing
  • APG4293 Genocidal thought
  • APG4294 Fascism, Nazism, and racial and social utopias
  • APG4296 Imagining Europe: Representations and images of a continent
  • APG4297 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • APG4311 Text and community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • APG4629 Global justice: Civil and human rights after 1945
  • ATS4319 Zionism: The argument
  • ATS4321 Jewish literature of subversion
  • APG4342 Islamic thought in the modern world
  • APG4339 Sustainability and the sacred
  • APG4340 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a credit or above average are eligible to apply for entry into course 0876 Postgraduate Diploma in History.


Faculty Certificate in History