Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof. Seamus O'Hanlon


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
  2. have been introduced to the origins of local and community histories, and their uses and purposes.
  3. have developed skills in researching and writing local and community histories
  4. have developed strong writing skills, including the production of a community history
  5. have developed strong oral communication skills, and recognised the importance of consultation and engagement with community groups when undertaking local and community histories
  6. have developed skills in the use of computers and other new media.
  7. have developed reflective skills and understandings of the broader issues of the importance of community and belonging


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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