• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest History
  • Major code HIST-MAJ

Everything has a history. From a national constitution to modern consumer culture, from the rise of empires to environmental crises, from the human species to your family, history teaches you about the forces that have made the world in which you live. It helps you to understand the present by understanding its past.

The ANU is a national leader in History and offers a wide range of courses covering Australia, America, Asia and Europe. Courses trace themes such as empire, terrorism, revolution, war, gender, race, technology and the environment. Some focus on philosophies that underlie historical analysis or techniques of historical research. History is a core discipline in the humanities and social sciences. It gives students knowledge and skills that are valued in any professional context. Our students successfully pursue careers in journalism, management, politics, policy, museums, diplomacy, teaching, academia and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate understanding of multiple periods or cultures of the past;
  2. demonstrate understanding of key conceptual approaches to interpreting the past;
  3. examine historical issues by undertaking research, and analysing evidence, according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline;
  4. construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form; and
  5. identify and reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of History and their relationship to the contemporary world.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units which include:

12 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

HIST2110 - Approaches to History (6 units)

HIST3007 - Making History (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ECHI1006 - The Australian Economy: Past and Present (6 units)

EURO1004 - Europe in the Modern Era (6 units)

HIST1209 - Terror to Terrorism: A History (6 units)

HIST1210 - Environment and History from 1945 (6 units)

HIST1214 - Empires in Global History (6 units)

A maximum of 36 units from the completion of the following:

HIST2022 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (6 units)

HIST2070 - Emperors, Pilgrims and Crusaders: The World of Byzantium (6 units)

HIST2112 - Plagues, Pandemics and Public Health in History (6 units)

HIST2128 - Colonies and Post-colony: Nineteenth-Century Australia and its Legacies (6 units)

HIST2133 - Race and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950 (6 units)

HIST2136 - World at War, 1939-1945 (6 units)

HIST2141 - The Cold War: 1945-1989 (6 units)

HIST2142 - Indigenous Memory and History on Page, Stage and Screen (6 units)

HIST2205 - Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1492-1776 (6 units)

HIST2206 - The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond: A Study Tour of Gallipoli, London, Paris and the Western Front (12 units)

HIST2214 - The Great War: The Conflict that Changed the World (6 units)

HIST2219 - Tudor-Stuart England, c.1485-1714: Politics, Society and Culture (6 units)

HIST2221 - The Birth of Modernity: Britain 1688-1848 (6 units)

HIST2226 - Nazi Germany (6 units)

HIST2227 - Australian Political History (6 units)

HIST2228 - The Enlightenment: Europe and the World 1660-1800 (6 units)

HIST2231 - Exploration: From Captain Cook to the Astronauts (6 units)

HIST2232 - Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas (6 units)

HIST2240 - Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945 (6 units)

HIST2242 - The Soviet Union: From the Russian Revolution to the Collapse of Communism (6 units)

HIST2315 - Africans and Afro-descendants (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ANTH2025 - Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (6 units)

ARCH2004 - Australian Archaeology (6 units)

ARCH2037 - From Empire to Invasions: the Archaeology of Europe from the Romans to the Vikings (6 units)

ARCH2055 - Archaeological Field schools and Fieldwork Practice (6 units)

ARCH2058 - European Prehistory from Cultivation to the Celts (6 units)

ASIA2009 - The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond (6 units)

ASIA2016 - The Mongol Empire in World History (6 units)

ASIA2037 - History of Modern China (6 units)

ASIA2040 - The Making of Modern Korea (6 units)

ASIA2044 - Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) (6 units)

ASIA2045 - Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda (6 units)

ASIA2270 - India Past and Present: The Impact of Pre-colonial History on India Today (6 units)

ASIA2072 - Taiwan: History and Culture (6 units)

ASIA2307 - History of Empire in Asia (6 units)

ASIA3011 - Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan (6 units)

ASIA3030 - History of the State System in South East Asia (6 units)

ASIA3272 - Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics (6 units)

ENGL2022 - Jane Austen: History and Fiction (6 units)

MEAS2000 - Iranian History and Culture (6 units)

MEAS2003 - Modern Turkey: History, Society and Culture (6 units)

MEAS2006 - Gallipoli: A Transnational History (6 units)

MUSI2222 - Music in the Long Nineteenth Century: From Classicism to Modernism (6 units)

PASI2002 - Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th Centuries (6 units)

POLS2100 - Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

SCRN2003 - Film and History: Hollywood and Beyond (6 units)

WARS2001 - Theories of War: An historical and global perspective (6 units)

WARS2002 - The Vietnam Wars: 1941-1989 (6 units)

WARS2003 - The Korean War (6 units)

WARS2004 - War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific (6 units)

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