The Diploma of Letters (History) requires the equivalent of one year of full-time study. It is only offered as an exit award for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Letters (History).
The stream undertaken by the student will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The College Dean of Education may, however, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course aims to:
- Provide extended knowledge of cultures and societies in a number of temporal and geographical contexts
- Support students to develop perspectives on historical events and agents and gain insight into how these perspectives contribute to historical discourse, both within the discipline of history and more broadly
- Provide students with the skills and abilities to undertake historical research and reporting using the normative ethical standard of the discipline of history
- Support students to develop the capacity to effectively communicate a nuanced understanding of historical events and concepts in a range of written and oral forms
- Produce graduates who are able to work independently and collaboratively and who can articulate the value of life-long learning and the continual renewal of knowledge and skills in light of advances in the graduate's chosen field.
It is envisaged that the graduate qualities embedded in these aims will be introduced at first level, consolidated at the second level and mastered at the third level.
On the completion of the Diploma of Letters in (History), students are expected to be able to demonstrate:
- correctly sequence events, recognise key agents and describe the salient features of those societies selected for study
- discuss changes in the method and models of interpretation employed within the field of history and relate these to their historical context
- articulate the nature of the disciplinary boundaries that mark history as a discrete form of study; discuss attempts at interdisciplinary approaches to history; and apply methodologies and models learnt in other disciplines
- identify and assess sources of historical information; construct a sustained, coherent and reasoned argument based on source material; and synthesise differing viewpoints and account for inconsistencies between various accounts
- communicate research findings and historical argument in written and oral forms using the normative ethical standards governing the discipline of history
- apply methodologies and models for research and reporting to new and unfamiliar fields; construct a reasonable approach to contemporary or previously unstudied events and societies
- demonstrate the need for and embrace the opportunities to update the knowledge and skills accumulated whilst studying
Program of study
To qualify for the Diploma of Letters (History), a student must complete 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
Not all topics necessarily are available in a given year.
Stream - History
36 units comprising
Option - Year 1 topics
Select 9 units comprising:
AMST1002 America and the World: The United States in a Global Context (4.5 units)
HIST1203 Creating a Nation: A Brief History of Australia to 1939 (4.5 units)
HIST1703 Turning Points in World History (4.5 units)
HIST1704 History's Killing Fields (4.5 units)
HIST1801 Modern Europe, 1900-1945 (4.5 units)
HIST1802 Europe, 1945 to the Present (4.5 units)
HIST1803 'The Lucky Country'? Australia and the World since 1939 (4.5 units)
INTR1101 Discovering Asia (4.5 units)
Option - Year 2 topics
Select 9 units comprising:
AMST2003 The African American Experience (4.5 units)
HIST2002 The Rise of Britannia's Empire and the Colonial Experience (4.5 units)
HIST2009 Nazi Germany: Its Origins and Nature, 1870-1945 (4.5 units)
HIST2014 War and Society in the Modern World (4.5 units)
HIST2015 Maps and Dreams: Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australian History (4.5 units)
HIST2016 Globalisation in World History (4.5 units)
HIST2018 Film and History (4.5 units)
HIST2020 Colonies, Empire and Revolution: North America 1500-1800 (4.5 units)
HIST2022 Memory and the Politics of Difference: Sex, Race and Belonging (4.5 units)
HIST2026 Change and Conflict in Russia, 1860-1930 (4.5 units)
HIST2030 The Great Powers and the Origins of the Modern Middle East (4.5 units)
HIST2042 Living the Revolution: The History of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991 (4.5 units)
HIST2043 Terrorism and Society in Modern Europe (4.5 units)
HIST2066 Outpost of Empire? South Australian History, 1834 to the Present (4.5 units)
HIST2075 The Real Games of Thrones: the Early Modern World 1453-1789 (4.5 units)
HIST2076 The Divided States of America, 1920-2000 (4.5 units)
INTR2003 The Asia-Pacific in the 20th Century (4.5 units)
INTR2012 Food Security (4.5 units)
WMST2016 Indigenous Women's Voices: Race, Gender and Colonialism (4.5 units)
plus select an additional 4.5 units from the year 2 topics listed above or year 3 topics listed below.
Option - Year 3 topics
Select 9 units comprising:
HIST3001 Destination Australia: Migration Since 1900 (4.5 units)
HIST3003 Romantics and Revolutionaries: European Culture and History, 1789-1918 (4.5 units)
HIST3004 The Fall of Britannia's Empire and the Postcolonial Experience (4.5 units)
HIST3005 The Holocaust (4.5 units)
HIST3006 Imperialism and its Discontents: Empires Ancient and Modern (4.5 units)
HIST3007 Body Politics in Australian History (4.5 units)
HIST3008 Australian Environmental Histories (4.5 units)
HIST3009 Civil War Era America (4.5 units)
HIST3010 One Nation Under God? Religion in American Public Life (4.5 units)
HIST3045 Guns and Butter: The United States in the Long 1960s (4.5 units)
HIST3046 The Great War: A Global History (4.5 units)
plus select an additional 4.5 units from the year 2 or 3 topics listed above.