Make sense of the world by looking at how things came to be the way they are today, and develop excellent research, analysis and communication skills.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)Part or full-time
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
History is central to any meaningful understanding of the present political, social and moral world, and is therefore vital in a democratic and open society. In this course, you’ll look back into history as you explore ideas about human action.
You’ll learn about the major categories of power in the modern world, including military, diplomatic, political, economic, religious, cultural, normative and affective power. You will also develop a solid understanding of the role Asia has played in the history of the modern world. Through a choice of elective units, you can study the history of Australia, Europe or Asia, on topics which interest you.
When you graduate, you’ll have the literary, analytical and communication skills you need for a broad range of careers in both public and private sectors, including roles in foreign affairs, journalism, teaching and the public service.
5 reasons to study History
- Murdoch is ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia for History*.
*Source: Times Higher Education Rankings by Subject 2018 201-250 category
- Study two majors in 3 years and graduate with 2 specialisations, further enhancing your career prospects.
- Knowledge of history is fundamental to our understanding of our society and the global system. A degree in this field prepares you for a range of exciting careers where you can create policy, show initiative, manage projects, carry out research, and make a difference in the world.
- You’ll learn from history experts including Dr Arjun Subrahmanyan. Arjun explores how democracy, social change, intellectual history and modern life have impacted Thailand. He’ll get you thinking about how decisions of the past are impacting and informing the future in Southeast Asia.
- You can benefit from our strong links with the Asia region through our Asia Research Centre, an international leader in the study of East and Southeast Asia.
Some of the things you’ll learn
Your core units will include subjects such as The Empire Strikes Back: Imperialism and Colonialism in Modern History. You can choose electives to specialise in the history of Australia, Europe or Asia with units including:
- Spies, Saboteurs and Secret Agents
- The Vietnam Wars
- The Second World War in Europe
- Hollywood and History
- Tudors and Treachery: Religion, Politics, and Society in sixteenth-century England.
Your future career
When you graduate, you’ll have the literary, analytical and communication skills you need for a broad range of careers in both public and private sectors.
Careers could include:
- Policy Advisor
- Research Officer
- Documentary or Museum Researcher
- Heritage Consultant.
Recommended double majors
- Community Development
- English and Creative Writing
- Global Politics and Policy
- Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies.
Recommended combined degrees
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing the course in the external mode
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
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