Courses in Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry

We offer a range of study options from open access courses through to PhD research. Explore a sample below.

Open Access Courses
Undergraduate Degree Courses

The HCCI courses below are taught on a rotation in the areas of Ancient History, History and Studies of Religion in the Bachelor of Arts as well as a number of other programs at the university. Please click the links for further details.

Honours Degree Courses

The Bachelor of Arts Honours degree provides students with high levels of proficiency in their previous Arts degree (GPA 5.0 and above) with the opportunity to take their studies to an advanced level. Semester one begins with two courses, HASS4000 BA Research and for History and Ancient History students, HASS4001 BA Theory and Practice in Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry. Both courses are available on Callaghan’s campus and via Zoom video conferencing. Then in semester two students enroll in their chosen thesis courses. These give students the opportunity to put the skills they have acquired into practice in the form of a substantial 15,000 word research-driven project. This can be in one of three formats: 1) Scholarly; 2) Work-Integrated Learning; and, 3) Creative/Digital.

Recent theses topics include:

  • Thucydides and the Athenian Empire
  • Slave revolts in Sicily and Italy
  • Flower Imagery in Literary Representations of Greek myth
  • Cruel and unusual punishments in the Roman Empire
  • 1949 Coal Strike: Communism and the Cold War
  • Red Scares, Black Scars: Rethinking the Impact of McCarthyism on the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1954
  • Shifting Loyalties: Three Leading Anglo-Australian Conservatives and the Rise of Fascist Militarism, 1931-1941
  • Sexed by Sex Ed: Education and the Construction of the ‘Ideal Woman’ in 1950’s Australia
Research Degrees

Our staff supervise a range of research thesis topics for Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in their specialist areas of expertise. Further details on applying to the University of Newcastle’s higher research degrees can be found here. A typical M.Phil. thesis will be between 40-60,000 words and a Ph.D. thesis between 80-100,000 words (detailed guidelines can be found here). A range of competitive scholarships are available, including University, Government and Vice Chancellor awarded support. Students should consult each scholarship’s relevant guidelines for information about their specific criteria (click here for Government and VC guidelines respectively). Degree applications are accepted at any time, however scholarship applications are typically due in early September. We encourage students to discuss criteria and topics with their potential supervisors well in advance of their application.

Thesis proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • Roman Social History: later Republic, early Empire
  • Alexander and his successors
  • Suetonian biography
  • Gender and reception
  • History of violence
  • Australian history
  • Atlantic history
  • Ottoman history
  • Women's history/feminist history
  • Histories of sex and sexuality
  • Australian foreign and defence policy
  • Napoleonic Europe
  • Cultural history, including religion
  • Intellectual history
  • Australian and international wine studies
  • Global Indigenous history
  • Diaspora and transnational history
  • Urban and regional history (especially Newcastle)
  • Applied history and public heritage studies