Graduate Certificate in World Historical Studies - 2017

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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The Graduate Certificate in World Historical Studies provides students with a grounding in the latest research and new approaches in world history from the sixteenth century to the present day.

The focus is world history and how world history might be studied through a number of specific case studies. The case studies examine various forms of contact between Europe and the 'new worlds' since the early modern period (approx 1500s) through to the twentieth century. A common thread that runs through the case studies is the place of Australia in these forms of contact. These new 'cross-cultural' approaches to world history replace older forms of world history that focused on comparing the great civilisations of East and West.

Graduates will have an understanding of the current issues and approaches in world history and competence in the task of historical and cross-cultural interpretation. This course is of value to teachers wanting to upgrade or extend their knowledge and skills.


An undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution.

Work Experience

Applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree but who can demonstrate evidence of advanced reading ability and an existing knowledge base in relevant areas of history and literature will be considered.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in World Historical Studies students must complete four units.

The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Cross-Cultural World History
HUM761 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Landscape, Ecology & Empire
HUM762 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Europe in the World
HUM763 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Progressive Traditions: Aust & World
HUM764 Griffith - - Sess 3

Griffith University credit transfer policies apply and students should contact the course coordinator for further information.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Graduate Certificate in World Historical Studies. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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