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History (BA)


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Title History (BA)
Course Code B1356
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Professor Sandra Wilson | Email: S.Wilson@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2522

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description History is central to any meaningful understanding of the present political, social and moral world, and is therefore vital in a democratic and open society. If we are to understand the political structures, other institutions, concepts, myths and practices upon which modern societies are based, we need to know how they have developed. Study of History provides students with a mental map, stretching back across time, enabling them to situate themselves in the world in which they live. History also contributes techniques of source analysis and develops skills of writing and comprehension to a degree that few other disciplines can match, providing graduates with valuable assets in the marketplace.
The Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch is a degree unlike any other in Australia. It embraces new directions in teaching and practice-based learning to train the thinkers and researchers of the 21st century. So many of the biggest and most vital issues we face today are about human society and the human condition. How can we understand who we are, how we want to live, or what kind of society we want to create, without the insights, knowledge and skills provided by the humanities? Our degree is different because we teach our students to put these into practice in a way that is recognised and valued by employers. Our graduates are empowered to be the agile and creative thinkers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world. They are able to think creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects, exercise highly-developed analytical and interpersonal skills, and they possess an in-depth knowledge of contemporary societal issues and trends. These are professional skills which are recognised and valued universally. In short, you can study what you love and get a job too!
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements

English competence.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing the course in the external mode
Major Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes
[1] Demonstrate substantive knowledge of more than one period or culture of the past and of a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past.
[2] Examine historical issues through self-directed research projects of increasing sophistication and complexity that employ a variety of secondary and primary sources.
[3] Construct evidence-based arguments that interpret historical sources, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
[4] Create clear and persuasive written and oral work evaluating historical concepts, problems and arguments.
[5] Discuss and debate complex and controversial historical questions in a reasoned and respectful manner.
Course Learning Outcomes Students will:

LO 01 Possess broad and coherent knowledge of the content, theoretical perspectives, research methods and practices of a discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 02 Design and manage self-directed projects of increasing sophistication involving both independent inquiry and collaborative work.
LO 03 Construct critically reflective arguments that identify, analyse and evaluate complex issues, texts and data in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 04 Persuasively communicate complex information, concepts and problems through clear and accurate written work, creative artefacts and verbal presentations.
LO 05 Recognise and practice well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds.
LO 06 Develop innovative and imaginative approaches to the application of knowledge and skills in the arts, humanities and social sciences to a range of practical tasks and experiences.
Employment Prospects The study of history promotes generic and applied skills (literary, analytical and communicative) appropriate to a broad range of careers in both public and private sectors of the economy.
Recommended Double Majors English and Creative Writing; Games Art and Design; Global Media and Communication; Graphic Design; Journalism; Photography; Sound; Strategic Communication; Sustainable Development
Recommended Minors Community Development; Creative Writing
Excluded Minors Modern History
Main research areas Asian, Imperial and Post-Colonial, European and American history in the modern period
Languages and Writing Skills History students are strongly encouraged to include a writing unit in their selection of a secondary area of study. It is also recommended that students consider studying a language other than English, with Indonesian and Japanese available at Murdoch within the Bachelor of Arts.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Course Core - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 9 credit points

Spine Unit - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Course Core Units - 6 credit points

ART101 Coming into Community - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 112 places) (closed), S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external


ART102 Inventing the Future - 6 points
Not available this year

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Spine Units - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

ART208 Presenting in Public: Writing and Performing for Professional Contexts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ART325 Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

AIS308 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU7-external, S1-external, W-external

Course Core Units - 9 credit points

ART201 Global Citizenship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ART202 The Weight of Data - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Major Units - 24 credit points

Options - 24 credit points

Select from any of the available Majors, Co-Majors or Minors

Major Structure - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 6 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

HIS101 The Silk Roads - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

HIS182 Making of the Modern World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Core Unit - 3 credit points

HIS200 The Empire Strikes Back: Imperialism and Colonialism in Modern History - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

HIS259 Europe Under the Dictators - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS204 Crime and Punishment Since 1700 - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS250 Hollywood and History - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

HIS257 Spies, Saboteurs and Secret Agents - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS258 Soldiers and Civilians: War in the Pacific 1941-1945 - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS205 The Vietnam Wars - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

HIS206 Tudors and Treachery: Religion, Politics, and Society in sixteenth-century England - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS211 Modern Japan - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

HIS212 Vision Splendid: An Alternative History of Australia - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS243 Cold War 1945 - 1991: A Global History - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS244 Modern Southeast Asian History - 3 points
Not available this year

HIS245 The Second World War in Europe - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

POL201 Global Justice, Aid and Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

300 Level Units - 3 credit points

Core Unit - 3 credit points

HIS301 Age of Extremes, 1929-1968 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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