Undergraduate major

History

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.

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Murdoch code

MJ-HSTA

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Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

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.

3 reasons to study History at Murdoch

  1. Study two majors in 3 years and graduate with 2 specialisations or study the History major with minors in Australian Indigenous Studies, Global Politics or Religion to further enhance your career prospects
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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:

  • Diplomat
  • Policy Advisor
  • Research Officer
  • Historian
  • Documentary or Museum Researcher
  • Heritage Consultant

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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