Diploma of Family History
Discover the secrets of your family’s past
What does your family history entail? In today’s age, it’s possible to find out a lot about our ancestors. You just need to know where to look, and what to do with information. Build skills in finding, interpreting, storing and sharing information.
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Upon successful completion of this degree, students should have:
- Locate, identify and analyse relevant historical information from sources available online, in archives, libraries, and family collections, to provide the evidence for family histories.
- Organise family history data and research materials in physical and digital form to facilitate the creation of family histories.
- Evaluate, interpret and use historical information to create family histories in a variety of forms.
- Communicate historical knowledge, ideas and skills accurately, ethically and creatively in a range of contexts.
- Use relevant digital tools and technologies, such as computers, software and the internet, for researching, recording and creating family histories.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 2 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
Students may apply based on previous higher education study:
- Completed AQF Diploma level or higher; OR
- Partial study at Associate Degree level or higher (complete or incomplete) with a passing GPA on a 50% study load in undergraduate - degree level subjects; OR
- Completion of a University Enabling program; OR
- Successful completion of a minimum of 2 (25 credit points) undergraduate subjects of study within an equivalent AQF level course or higher; OR
- Completed UTAS Bachelor of General Studies - any pathway; OR
- Completed UTAS Diploma of University Studies - any pathway
Completed the TCE (or equivalent)
Certificate III or equivalent in any discipline
Work and Life
Domestic Applicants with work and life experience: If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have extensive or sustained work experience.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Family history is for everybody. We all have stories in our family tree waiting to be told. The Diploma of Family History will give you essential knowledge and tools to bring the past to life through tracing your family experiences and understanding the historical forces that shaped them.
Taught by leading scholars in family history, and specialists in Australian, European and Asian histories, this practical course will assist you in exploring your family’s past and enable you to become more proficient and comfortable in a digital environment.
The Diploma teaches core skills in contemporary family history to research your ancestors and others, including planning and conducting online research, locating and managing historical data, and writing compelling family histories.
You'll learn how to use oral history, family heirlooms and photographs, as well as physical and digital archives to illuminate your family’s past. The Diploma of Family History focuses on understanding individual lives in their wider historical contexts, through investigating the impacts of events such as war, convict transportation, and migration.
Recommended Study Pattern
To complete the Diploma of Family History you will need to complete 8 subjects, consisting of:
- 4 Foundation level subjects:
- TAS-HAA003 Introduction to Family History
- TAS-HAA004 Writing Family History
- TAS-HAA006 Place, Image, Object
- TAS-HAA007 Convict Ancestors
- 4 Introductory level subjects from the list:
- TAS-FXA102 The Family Photo Essay
- TAS-HAA104 Writing the Family Saga
- TAS-HAA106 Oral History
- TAS-HAA107 Families at War
- TAS-HAA108 Migrant Families
While you may complete the subjects in any order, we strongly recommend commencing your course with HAA003 Introduction to Family History.
Satisfactory completion of 8 subjects listed in the course schedule, finishing within 3 years
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