Monday, October 19, 2015

Genealogy Courses

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has run their Introduction to Family History course twice, with an incredible response each time. Now they are offering a new course on writing family history.
As with the earlier course, it is done fully online, and it is FREE.
The Course provides an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on real genealogical records. As with the earlier course, this one gives those doing the course free access to Library edition.
On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
Use and reflect on a range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical records;
Contribute to a supportive online workshop environment by giving and receiving constructive critical feedback on short writing exercises;
Produce a coherent piece of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research.
This course runs from 23 November 2015 until 31 January 2016.
To take part in this course you:
need to have a computer with internet access.
be prepared to spend approx. 4-5 hours a week on study.
need to be an Australian citizen
For further details, including enrolling and a number of FAQs, visit the University of Tasmania (UTAS) website

University of New England offers courses in Local, Family and Applied History.
If you are interested in local or family history as a part of your job, a leisure activity, or a community service then here is an opportunity to pursue that interest and get a university qualification while doing it.
Non-Graduates: If you have never done any university study, you can do an Advanced Diploma in Local and Applied History. This course takes a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years to complete by part-time external study. Age is no barrier. Past and present students range in age from 20 to 70.
Graduates: If you have a university degree in any discipline, or a three year diploma, we offer a Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History. This course normally takes two years to complete by part-time external studies. Graduate students are also welcome to enrol in the Advanced Diploma.
Study at Home: UNE offers you the chance to study externally, so you can do most of your work at home wherever you live. You are supplied with extensive notes, reading and study guides. However, you are not alone. You can contact staff by phone, letter, fax or email, or they can be visited on campus. You can also borrow books from the extensive holdings of the Universities Dixson Library.
Topics: The courses introduce you to the skills and sources for researching and writing local, family and applied history. You can learn how to find and interpret historical documents; how to determine the history of a public building, church, house or farm; how to interpret an historical landscape or cemetery; how to develop skills in interviewing and editing; and the role of museums and historical societies. And you will learn about the history of your country and its place in the world.
Cost - 
Advanced Diploma: There is a Government charge (HECS) that applies to university courses. You have the option of paying the fees by instalments through the taxation system or 'up-front' in which case there is a 25% reduction. Some students may be exempt from these charges.
Graduate Diploma: This is a full fee-paying course. Candidates in both diplomas are also required to pay the University's General Service Fee.

The Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) also offer genealogy courses.
Certificate in Genealogical Research: The Certificate Course was introduced in 2010. This undertaken over an 18 month period and requires successful completion of 8 components of work. Candidates must be financial members of SAG when undertaking the course, which has been designed so that members who live outside of the Sydney area can participate. Good internet access is important as all work is despatched and received by email. 
Diploma in Family Historical Studies: Completion of the Certificate course is required at a credit level of 75% or higher before application can be made to undertake the Diploma Course.

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