Learn about Local, Family and Applied History

If you are interested in local or family history as a part of your job, a leisure activity, or a community service then here is an opportunity to pursue that interest and get a university qualification while doing it.

Non-Graduates

If you have never done any university study, you can do an Advanced Diploma in Local and Applied History. This course takes a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years to complete by part-time external study. Age is no barrier. Past and present students range in age from 20 to 70.

Graduates

If you have a university degree in any discipline, or a three year diploma, we offer a Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History. This course normally takes two years to complete by part-time external studies. Graduate students are also welcome to enrol in the Advanced Diploma.

Study at Home

As UNE offers you the chance to study externally, you can do most of your work at home wherever you live. You are supplied with extensive notes, reading and study guides. However, you are not alone. You can contact staff by phone, letter, fax or email, or they can be visited on campus. You can also borrow books from the extensive holdings of the Universities Dixson Library.

Topics

Our courses introduce you to the skills and sources for researching and writing local, family and applied history. You can lern how to find and interpret historical documents; how to determine the history of a public building, church, house or farm; how to interpret an historical landscape or cemetery; how to develop skills in interviewing and editing; and the role of museums and historical societies. Students find that their professional and leisure time interest in local, family and applied history develops dramatically. You will find new interests and issues to pursue in these areas. And you will learn about the history of your country and its place in the world.

Residential Schools

If you enrol in the Advanced Diploma, you will attend a compulsory residential school in Armidale early in your first year of candidature. Here you will meet staff and other students, attend classes devoted to important aspects of local and family history, and participate in a variety of hands-on experiences and field-trips.

Cost

Advanced Diploma: There is a Government charge (HECS) that applies to university courses. You have the option of paying the fees by instalments through the taxation system or 'up-front' in which case there is a 25% reduction. Some students may be exempt from these charges.

Graduate Diploma: This is a full fee-paying course. The 1998 fee for each unit is A$650. Fees may be tax deductible.

Candidates in both diplomas are also required to pay the University's General Service Fee (in 1998 the fee was A$137 for students living outside the Armidale area, and A$302 for students living in the Armidale area.)

Can I succeed

We cannot guarantee your success, but we can confidently say that our courses stand out because most people, just like you, who start studying with us are there on Graduation Day. Their lives have been enriched by the experience. New friendships with like-minded people have been formed. Confidence in researching, writing and presenting history has increased. Students frequently tell us how much they have benefited from our courses, a number of them choose to do further university study, and a number go on to get paid work as historians in a variety of fields.


Advanced Diploma in Local and Applied History

Admission to Candidature

Most candidates in this award are admitted as Mature Age students (21 and over). You need to demonstrate that you hav reasonable prospects of success and that you have experience appropriate to the award.

Course Structure

In the Advanced Diploma you undertake units to the total value of 72 Credit Points. There are two compulsory units. These are full-year units and are each worth 16 Credit Points. You choose your remaining five units from a range of local, family and applied history units.

Units Offered

Group 1:

These are compulsory units. Each unit has a Credit Point value of 16.

History 153: Introduction to Local and Family History
History 154: Australians Through Two Centuries.

Group II:

Each of these units, except History 258/358, are semester long with a Credit Point value of 8. History 258/358 is a year long unit with a Credit Point value of 16.

History 233/333: History Through Monuments
History 234/334: Planning and Writing Local History
History 235/335: Heritage Conservation
History 239/339: Collecting and Presenting Local History
History 258/358: Living, Loving, Working and Dying in Early Colonial Australia
History 273/373: Australian Early Architecture, Buildings and Lifestyles 1788-1980
History 276/376: Oral History
History 277/377: Interpreting the Historical Landscape

Further Study

Successful completion of the Advanced Diploma entitles you to advanced standing in the Bachelor of Arts degree where you can do more history or broaden into other areas of study.


Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History

Admission to Candidature

Candidates for admission must hold a university degree, a three year diploma relevant to the award, or have appropriate professional standing and successful professional practice.

Course Structure

In the Graduate Diploma you undertake 6 units of study for a total of 48 Credit Points. All units are of one-semester duration and are worth 8 Credit Points each. Two units are compulsory. The remaining four units are chosen from a variety of local and general history units.

Units Offered

Group I: Compulsory Units

History 421: Nature and Sources of Local History
History 480: Australia to 1900

Group II: Choose at least three

History 233/333: History Through Monuments
History 234/334: Planning and Writing Local History
History 235/335: Heritage Conservation
History 239/339: Collecting and Presenting Local History
History 273/373: Australian Architecture, Buildings and Lifestyles 1788-1980.
History 276/376: Oral History
History 277/377: Interpreting the Historical Landscape

Group III: Choose no more than one

Any eight Credit Points at 200/300 level in History

Further Study

When you have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma you may be interested in further postgraduate study.


How to Enrol

Advanced Diploma

Enrolling in the award is a two step procedure. Before you are able to enrol you must apply to the University to establish your eligibility for admission to an undergraduate award of the University. Admission establishes your eligibiity for enrolment. Once you have been admitted you will receive enrolment forms.

Application forms for admission are available from the Admissions Unit, UNE, Armidale, NSW 2351 Australia. Telephone (within Australia) 1800 818865 or 02 6773 3566
(outside Australia phone +61 2 6773 3566)
Applications close on 30 September, although consideration may be given to late applications.

Graduate Diploma

Postgraduate admission and enrolment are handled by the Faculty of Arts, and admission and enrolment forms are available from mid-October onwards. Intending candidates apply for admission and enrolment at the same time. The closing date for applications is 30 November.

To obtain forms please write to the Assistant Registrar at the address given below.

Further Information

Further information about both diplomas is available from

Gail Mendoza
Faculty of Arts
University of New England
ARMIDALE NSW 2351
Australia

Phone: 61 2 6773 3020
E-mail:
arts@metz.une.edu.au

Or visit the University of New England Website at http://www.une.edu.au/arts/History/history.htm