Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


The Honours program is intended to develop and strengthen professional skills, challenge students intellectually and round off undergraduate studies with higher-level independent studies which will be useful in many fields of future endeavour. This course introduces students to the world of international scholarship and advanced research in modern and ancient history. Students will be exposed to different forms of historical evidence and will explore modern scholarly literature and methodologies used in the study of history and ancient history. Students will be guided in the academic and professional methods for expressing their ideas and interpretations of evidence. Classes will aim to enhance student capacities to complete advanced projects in digital work, GLAMx, skills for professional practice, new and emerging methods, as well as theses.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Design a substantive project on either the ancient or modern historical periods.

2. Analyse complex ideas and texts in the humanities.

3. Respond to contemporary philosophies which inform current practice in ancient and modern history.

4. Construct evidenced-based arguments.

5. Apply advanced communication and information technology skills appropriate to the professional presentation of concepts, issues, and ideas.


The course will introduce some of the major debates and schools of ancient and modern historiography as well as provide in-depth coverage of substantive areas of historical study. It will examine how historians have applied these ideas in their areas of study. Topics are dependent upon student interest and may include:

  • 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
  • Australian and international wine studies
  • Global Indigenous history
  • Diaspora and transnational history
  • Urban and regional history (especially Newcastle)
  • Applied history and public heritage studies
  • Intellectual history including the history of religious ideas


To enrol into this course students must be active in the following programs:

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [10214], or

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [40209].

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review - 20%

Project: Project - 40%

Essay: Research Essay - 40%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Face to Face on Campus or via Zoom

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.