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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 titleGradDipPubHist
CRICOS code041548B
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Multi-modal (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Melva Renshaw Ph: +61 3 9905 4279 Email:

Course coordinator

Dr Seamus O'Hanlon


This course offers a vocational program for historians and related professionals. Graduates may go on to work in the fields of commissioned history, heritage conservation and management, oral history, community history, museums and related areas. The program has excellent links with the heritage industry and professional historians working in these fields.


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of 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 four 12-point units at level four, including a minimum of two of the core units. Not all units are available each year.


Core units

Students must choose at least two of the following in consultation with the course coordinator:

  • APG4295 History and the museum
  • APG4297 Recording oral history: Theory and practice
  • APG4299 History and heritage
  • APG4309 Family history and genealogy
  • APG4310 Local and community history


  • APG4300 Reading Renaissance letters
  • APG4301 Reading and writing Australian history
  • APG4303 Issues in environmental history: Images of the natural world
  • APG4305 History and memory: Interpreting life stories
  • APG4306 Reading and writing biography and life stories
  • APG4312 History, biography and autobiography
  • APG4313 Hidden transcripts: Cultural approaches to the past
  • APG4320 Jewish history, Jewish memory
  • APG4339 Sustainability and the sacred
  • APG4340 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol: A cross-cultural analysis
  • APG4343 Religion and ceremony in Australian society
  • other units offered in the faculty, with the approval of the course coordinator

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum credit average are eligible to apply for entry into course 3077 Master of Public History.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with the Graduate Certificate in Arts.


Graduate Diploma in Public History