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History Major


Enables an understanding of our world and puts the present in context. Students study empires past and present, the media, slavery, wars, revolutions, poverty, human rights, dictators and democracies, and Australian history in a globalising world.

The study of history is a good basis for understanding politics, heritage, social and indigenous issues. It teaches analytical skills and a deep understanding of society.





Mount Lawley


South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge and skills to identify, analyse and evaluate the impact of historical events and its effect on current society.
  2. Communicate information and analysis, clearly across a range of professional contexts, for professional and non-professional audiences.
  3. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge with depth of the conceptual approaches to explain at least one period or culture of the past.
  4. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice to identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills relevant to the study of history.
  5. Discuss how historians shape the present and the future.
  6. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline to problems solve and make judgements.
  7. Gather and critically analyse information from a number of primary and secondary sources in order to construct evidence based arguments, or narratives about the past in different technological formats.


Students are required to complete the following nine units (135 credit points):

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HIS1105World History15
HIS1106Themes in Australian History15
POL1103Modern Political Thought15
HIS2102War and Peace in the 20th Century15
HIS2100Witches, Regicides and Heretics: 14th to 17th Century Europe15
POL3133Visionaries, Warmongers and Protesters: American Political History Through Film (1950-1975)15
JOU2111Introduction to Journalism15
BRO1000iTalk@ECU: Presentation Skills15
PRN2225Media Relations15
Plus, students are required to complete one of the following units (15 credit points):
POL3124 ^Hitler and Stalin: Studies in Power, Ideology and Propaganda15
HIS3124 ^The History and Sociology of Genocide15
Plus, students are required to complete one of the following units (15 credit points):
HIS3101 ^Human Rights: Struggles for Global Justice15
HIS3106 ^The World's Most Dangerous Places: Politics and History through Documentary15
Plus, students are required to complete one of the following units (15 credit points):
HIS3105 ^Criminal Underworlds: Crime and Society Since 180015
HIS3104 ^Revolutionary Europe 1789-187115

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities include government, corporate and community sectors in which a critical and cultural understanding is required.

Possible future job titles

Historian, Researcher, Politician, Public Servant, Policy Analyst, Political Staffer, Consultant, Mining Company Analyst, Historical Film Advisor, Heritage Consultant, Teacher

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