College of Arts, Law and Education

Diploma of Family History

Ever wanted to know more about your past?

There's a world of information at our fingertips about our ancestors' lives. It's simply a matter of knowing where to look, and what to do with material once you uncover it. The online Diploma of Family History (R2H) builds your skills and knowledge in finding and interpreting information about your ancestors (or even someone else's), and sharing family stories with others. It's not solely about the paper trail though. Objects, images, and places also play a part in learning about the past. You will also learn about organising, storing, and conserving knowledge for future generations.

The Diploma of Family History (R2H) is made up of eight units. HECS Scholarships* may be available for domestic students in 2017 for the four foundation-level units. HECS Scholarships may be available that cover half of the tuition fees for the second-level of four units. You will be charged a tuition fee of 50% for these units.

Free access to Library: Gain free access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories and other resources that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Location: Online
The Diploma of Family History (R2H) is made up of eight fully online units to enable flexible study.
Note: Regular access to a desktop computer is required to participate.

See individual unit dates below.

General Enquiries:
+61 3 6226 6365

Units on Offer

New students will be enrolled in the Diploma of Family History when an application is successful in a unit below:

  • To graduate with your Diploma of Family History (R2H), eight Family History units need to be completed, four at Foundation level and four at First Year level.
  • There are five units now available at Foundation level from which to select. Only four can be counted towards towards your Diploma of Family History. Convict Ancestors is currently the only compulsory Foundation level unit**. If you completed Introduction to Family History when it was unit code HSP105, you can choose to count this unit as either a Foundation level unit or First Year unit***.
  • There are currently only four units available to study at the First Year level, which means they are all compulsory***.
Foundation Units Study Period Apply
Introduction to Family History*** Semester 2: 7 Aug – 22 Sep 2017 (Closed) Read more
Writing Family History Spring: 20 Nov 2017 - 26 Jan 2018 (4 week break 9 Dec - 7 Jan) Read More
Convict Ancestors** TBA Post-2017Read More
Place, Image, Object TBA Post-2017 Read More
The Photo Essay Semester 2: 24 Jul – 8 Sep 2017 (Closed) Read More
First Year (Second Level) Units Study Period Apply
Writing the Family Saga TBA Post-2017Read More
Convicts in Context** Semester 2: 24 Jul – 8 Sep 2017 (Closed) Read More
Oral History Spring: 23 Oct – 8 Dec 2017 (7 weeks) Read More
Families at War TBA Post-2017 Read More
  • ** Convicts in Context is currently a compulsory First Year unit. You must successfully complete Convict Ancestors before you can be enrolled in Convicts in Context, which effectively makes Convict Ancestors a compulsory Foundation level unit.
  • *** If you completed Introduction to Family History when it was HSP105 you can choose to count this unit as either a Foundation level unit or First Year unit. If you choose to use it as a Foundation level unit, your options are the same as for other students. If you choose to use it as a First Level unit, you must complete all four other Foundation units, but need only complete three of the other First Year units above. Either way you will still be required to complete both Foundation and First Year Convicts units at least until such time as an additional new First Year unit may become available. You should have received an email from Dr Kristyn Harman with more information detailing your options. Please contact us by email, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form if you have any further queries.

Graduates of the Diploma of Family History will have:

  • Skills to identify, analyse, synthesise information from a range of relevant family history sources;
  • Technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives relevant to family history;
  • Skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to family history data management requirements; and
  • Communication skills to share knowledge and to transfer specialised family history skills to others.

(*conditions apply)

What students say...

"I had been researching my family history for years and thought I had already found pretty much all there was to find. But the Introduction to Family History course pointed me towards new resources, sharpened up my research skills and led to new discoveries. It also helped me navigate through the maze of web-based resources and to identify the reliable ones."
- Lisa Hutton, Australian, living in France

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