We offer a range of study options from open access courses through to PhD research. Explore a sample of recent offerings below.

Open Access Courses

Degree Level Courses

The following HCCI courses feature in the 2019 year in the Bachelor of Arts as well as a number of other programs at the University of Newcastle:

Honours Level

For students who complete the B.A. degree with high levels of proficiency, the fourth year Honours degree provides a chance to write a 15-17,000 word research thesis, enhance their methodological competencies and pursue other courses of their choice.

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

  • Buddhist and Lacanian Desire

Research Level

Our staff supervise a range of thesis topics for Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in our specialist research areas of expertise. Further details on applying to the University of Newcastle’s higher research degrees can be found here. 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 including the history of religious ideas

  • Australian and international wine studies

  • Global Indigenous history

  • Diaspora and transnational history

  • Urban and regional history (especially Newcastle)

  • Applied history and public heritage studies