Australian History

Australian HistoryLa Trobe University today denied weekend newspaper reports that it has cancelled its undergraduate Australian History subjects for this year due to low enrolments.
 
'The truth is that eight Australian history subjects are being taken by more than 580 students at undergraduate level,’ says Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Tim Murray.
 
‘And they will have a choice of eight under our new two-year rotating curriculum model which will be introduced from next year.’
 
He says 344 of the Australian History students are at the Melbourne campus and 240 at four regional campuses, Bendigo, Albury‑Wodonga, Shepparton and Mildura.
 
‘Furthermore, the reach of our offerings are world-wide, with La Trobe University’s Australian History series ranking among the top on-line lectures and non-assessable subjects globally on iTunesU University’.
 
Professor Murray says Australian History has always been among La Trobe University’s strengths.  Many of its staff are world‑recognised researchers, teachers, commentators and authors in the field.
 
He says only one subject of nine in 2012, ‘People Power and Protest’ has been dropped this year due to low enrolments.
 
‘The claim that we have “dumped” the subject “Australians at War” is not correct.
 
‘Our revised curriculum means that this subject, like a range of others, is taught every second year, making this important area of knowledge available to all students who wish to do it.
 
‘While Australian History is no longer the most popular area with students today, it is important for us as a nation that students have a good grasp of our history.
 
‘La Trobe University remains committed to changing this perception by students, which was so unfortunately and inaccurately portrayed in weekend newspapers.’
 
Professor Murray says La Trobe’s eight history undergraduate offerings this year comprise  Global Migration Stories; Australian Aboriginal History; Australian Environmental History (online); Art and the Environment; Australian Colonial History; Community History; Heritage Studies; and Australian Labour History.
 
With the new two-year rotating curriculum model, eight subjects will be available next year.
 
For students who enrol this year, ‘Australians at War’ will be available in 2013 together with another seven subjects, some the same as 2012, some rotating with those taught in 2012.
 
‘This makes a total offering of eight subjects per year across five campuses,’ Professor Murray says.
 
 
Full details about Australian History at La Trobe can be found at:
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/handbook/2012/undergraduate/humanities/disciplines/history.htm


For media interviews please contact:
Professor Tim Murray, 03 9479 2844  E: t.murray@latrobe.edu.au or, for further assistance, Ernest Raetz, Media and Communications, 041 226 1919