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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Sem 1 - Dr Seamus O'Hanlon


Previously coded HYM5005


A sustained research project in public history, encompassing approaches to cultural heritage, oral history, community history, museums and history in the media. For most students this will take the form of a commissioned historical project, although students may also pursue a topic of methodological or theoretical interest in public history. A short series of seminars will introduce students to research in public history, and students will be assisted in the negotiation of a suitable topic with a commissioning agency.


Students successfully completing this unit will be expected to demonstrate an ability to devise and carry out a commissioned research project, and to develop an understanding of the practical, methodological and ethical issues relating to such work. Students will be expected to further develop their conceptual and communication skills, to read widely and independently and to demonstrate resourcefulness in their archival research.


Research paper (18,000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Sem 1 - Dr Seamus O'Hanlon
Sem 2 - Dr Bill Garner

Contact hours

2-hour seminar each week for four weeks (held in the evening)


Only available in the Master of Public History