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.