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.
Open access courses
- FutureLearn - Great South Land: Introducing Australian History. Get an introduction to Australian history starting with Aboriginal deep time. Explore convictism, colonialism and more.
- FutureLearn - Introduction to American History: From Reconstruction to World War 1865-1919. Explore American history since 1865. Learn about the Civil War, Reconstruction, segregation and US foreign policy.
- FutureLearn - European Empires: An Introduction. Gain new insights into European history and discover the major events that shaped Europe.
- EdX - The History of Violence: From Middle Ages to Modern Times. Examine the origins, changing nature, uses, and attitudes towards human violence in western 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 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
- 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
- AHIS3000 The Ancient Historians
- 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
- HIST1051 The Australian Experience
- HIST1052 Origin of Controversies
- HIST2002 Reading the Past
- HIST2006 Australian Underworlds: Histories of Crime in Australia
- HIST2031 History, War and Film
- HIST2110 Australian Foreign Relations
- HIST2650 War and Australian Society
- HIST2672 Israel and the Middle East
- HIST3006 The History of Violence
- HIST3151 African American Experience
- HIST3200 Foreign Relations: Australia and the Great Powers
- HIST3455 Global Age of Revolution: Russia, Germany and Modern Turkey
- HIST3581 Sex and Scandal in History
- HIST3600 Global Women’s History
- HIST3620 Maps and Dreams: Aboriginal-Colonial Relationships in Australian History
- HIST3640 Fascism, War and Genocide: 1900-1945
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.
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 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:
- Work-Integrated Learning
- AHIS4160: Ancient History Honours - Thesis I
- AHIS4170 Ancient History Honours - Thesis II
- HIST4070: History Honours Thesis I
- HIST4080: History Honours Thesis II
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