HCCI courses

The Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry group offers a range of study options from open access courses through to PhD research. Explore a sample below.

Future Learn open access courses

Undergraduate degree level 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, Bachelor of Education (Secondary), as well as a number of other programs at the university.

Honours degree level 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. Many students take Honours simply because they want to keep studying our key areas of Ancient History and History. However, Honours also provides students with credentials testifying to their ability to engage in high-quality independent study and is a necessary preparation for their careers as well as postgraduate study.

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 enrol in HASS4003 BA Thesis I and HASS4004 BA Thesis II to write their thesis with the guidance of their chosen supervisor. 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

Higher Degrees by Research (HDR)

Our HCCI staff supervise a range of research thesis topics for Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in their specialist areas of expertise. A typical M.Phil. thesis will be between 40-60,000 words and a Ph.D. thesis between 80-100,000 words.

Learn more about thesis guidelines

A range of competitive scholarships are also available, including University, Government and Vice-Chancellor awarded support. Students should consult each scholarship’s relevant guidelines for information about their specific criteria.

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.

Learn more about HDR applications

HDR areas

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
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