School of Humanities and Social Science
The cluster for Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry offers a range of study options from open access courses through to PhD research. Explore a sample below.
Future Learn open access courses
- Great South Land: Introducing Australian History introduces Australian history starting with Aboriginal deep time. Explore convictism, colonialism and more.
- Introduction to American History: From Reconstruction to World War 1865-1919 explores American history since 1865, the Civil War, Reconstruction, segregation and US foreign policy.
- European Empires: An Introduction provides new insights into European history and discover the major events that shaped Europe.
- Australian Underworlds: Histories of Crime in Australia explores the back stories of Australia's best known crimes and criminals.
- Fact or Fiction? Reading the Past dives into the nature and practice of history.
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.
- AHIS1000 Ancient Greece
- AHIS1020 Rome, to the Gracci
- AHIS2000 The Augustan Age
- AHIS2051 Athens and Empire
- AHIS2110 Sparta
- AHIS2370 Magic and Witchcraft in Greece and Rome
- AHIS2560 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
- AHIS2500 Myths of the Ancient Greek World
- AHIS2600 Women and Children in Antiquity
- AHIS2900 From Trench to Screen: Digital Studies of the Ancient World
- AHIS3140 Philip II, Alexander the Great
- AHIS3510 Greek Society
- AHIS3520 Roman Society
- AHIS3663 Folklore and Fairytale in Antiquity
- HIST1001 Europe and the World
- HIST1002 USA: Civil War to Superpower
- HIST1003 The Foundations of America
- HIST1051 The Australian Experience
- HIST1052 Origin of Controversies
- HIST2002 Fact of Fiction? Reading the Past
- HIST2006 Australian Underworlds: Histories of Crime in Australia
- HIST2031 History, War and Film
- HIST2051 Making Digital History: Curating for Public Audiences
- HIST2650 War and Australian Society
- HIST2672 Israel and the Middle East
- HIST3006 The History of Violence
- HIST3008 Global Perspectives on the First World War
- HIST3151 African American Experience
- HIST3201 Foreign Relations: Australia and the Great Powers
- HIST3242 Growing Up in Australia
- HIST3455 Global Age of Revolution: Russia, Germany and Modern Turkey
- HIST3581 Sex and Scandal in History
- HIST3600 Global Women’s History
- HIST3621 Maps and Dreams: Aboriginal-Colonial Relationships in Australian History
- HIST3640 Fascism, War and Genocide: 1900-1945
- HIST3673 The Future of the Middle East
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.
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.
- HDR Government Scholarship Guidelines (PDF,111KB)
- Vice-Chancellor's HDR Scholarship guidelines (PDF, 209KB)
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
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